Charcoal grills may seem old school compared to the snazzy natural gas or propane versions, but some people still prefer them for the delicious taste they give the food. There are different smoked flavors, such as mesquite, that you can’t get when you use a gas grill and the slow, even cooking makes the meat so tender. They claim the char-grilled taste is second to none and their backyard is not complete without a charcoal grill. If you are a newbie to charcoal grilling, here is the way to do it like a pro.
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Step 1: Place the grill on a heatproof surface that is located away from overhanging trees, buildings, and brush or other debris. Under no circumstances should you grill inside, even in the garage.
Step 2: Inspect the grill to ensure the cover fits well, the grill pan is free of holes or cracks, and the racks are clean.
Step 3: Remove any ash left over from previous cooking and follow the manufacturer instructions for lighting the grill.
Step 4: It will take 30 to 45 minutes for a charcoal grill fire to reach the appropriate cooking temperature. You can identify when the proper temperature has been achieved because gray ash will be present on the briquettes in an even manner.
Step 5: The size of the grill, amount of food being cooked, cooking time, and weather conditions determine the number of briquettes to use. About 30 briquettes are sufficient for cooking one pound of meat. There are about 75 to 90 briquettes in a five-pound bag. Use enough briquettes to form a single layer of cover in the grill pan. They should extend two or three inches beyond the food area. More briquettes will be needed during windy or cold weather. Check the quantity by placing them in the grill pan.
Step 6: A pyramid method of stacking involves placing briquettes in a pyramid shape and soaking them with at least a half-cup of lighter fluid. Allow the fluid to soak in for a few minutes and then use a fire starter or long-handled match to light the briquettes. As the coals begin burning and ash is formed, use the tongs to arrange them in a single layer. Do not add more lighter fluid to coals that are hot because this could cause you to be burned.