Charcoal grills are the ideal ones if you are planning an outdoor get together with your friends or family. It is an easy way to serve chargrilled flavor for your guests. If you are about to start using a charcoal grill, this article will serve as a guide for you.
Charcoal grills are cheaper than gas grills and are easily portable too. Let us start using the charcoal grill by looking how to light it up. Even though there are several ways for it, the first step is always to remove the grate and open any vents. After lighting the coals, replace the grate and close the lid to allow the grill to heat up for about 15 minutes.
You can start a charcoal grill by using a chimney starter. First of all, place the empty chimney starter on the lower (charcoal) grate, and pour in charcoal. Fill the chimney ¼ of the way full for and fill ½ to ¾ of the way up for burgers or hot dogs. Completely fill the chimney with charcoal for high temperatures. You will have to place an accelerant like lighter cubes or crumpled newspaper at the base of the starter. Now, you will have to light the accelerant. Pour the top coals onto the charcoal grate once they turn to grey with ash.
You can also start a charcoal grill using lighter fluid. For this, first of all, arrange the charcoal in a pile on the charcoal grate. By this, the heat will be retained and will speed up the healing process. You can squirt lighter fluid on top of the coals and light immediately. Make sure to use 1.6 ounces of lighter fluid per pound of charcoal in your grill.
Another way to start a charcoal grill is by lighting the charcoal directly. For this, arrange the charcoal in a pile or pyramid on the charcoal grate and light. Light all four corners of the bag if you are using a bag of charcoal designed to be directly lit in the grill instead of emptying.
Clean the grill grates using a grill brush before getting the charcoal grill started. Now coat the grates with a grill spray or vegetable oil. This process has to be repeated once you’re done grilling and remember to close the vents. Now light the coal and keep it to warm. Check the color after keeping it to warm for some time. When it turns grey, you can confirm that they are ready to cook.
By properly arranging the lit coals, you will get good results. Remember that the thinner the layer of coals, the less heat they’ll provide. and for less time. If you want the grill to burn hotter and last longer, the layer has to be thick and condensed.
Light the coals and spread them evenly in the grate area using a spatula or tongs when grilling with direct heat. If it is indirect heat, you have to place the lit coals on roughly half the charcoal grate area. You can sear the food over the coals and then moved to the empty area for slower and indirect cooking.