Cooking with charcoal takes a little more patience than grilling on a gas grill, but charcoal lovers (and I consider myself one of them) agree that the extra effort is worth it! If you’ve never used charcoal BBQ grills before, use these tips to make sure that you know what you’re doing when grilling with charcoal.
Charcoal BBQ Grills Tip #1: Stack Your Charcoal
You’ll need to light the charcoal before you can cook and in order to do it properly, you need to know how to set a fire. Your coals should be stacked into a pyramid shape — this shape provides your fire with the oxygen it needs in order to catch fire. Many people choose to use lighter fluid and if you do, use it sparingly and never squirt it on an existing fire. If you’re out of lighter fluid, you can use some crumpled newspaper, but you should never use straight gasoline or kerosene because of the risk of explosion.
Charcoal BBQ Grills Tip #2: Be Patient!
Your coals will need to be left alone for about 30 minutes before the grill is ready for cooking. You’ll know when the grill is ready when the charcoal are mostly covered in ash and are glowing red.
Charcoal BBQ Grills Tip #3: Indirect Or Direct Heat
Lastly, know whether you should be using indirect or direct heat. If you’re cooking something that should take less than 30 minutes to cook (such as hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken breasts or steaks), direct heat is the way to go. Try to avoid turning the meat too often — this can dry meat out quickly.
If you’re cooking something with a longer cooking time, such as a whole chicken, ribs, pork loins or foods that have a higher fat content, you want to use indirect heat. If you were to apply these foods to direct heat, the foods would likely burn on the outside, while remaining undercooked on the inside, or it would be so dried out that it was completely unappetizing.
Knowing how to use charcoal BBQ grills is an excellent skill, even if you normally use a gas grill. To learn more about the entire line of charcoal BBQ grills from Napoleon Grills, visit our site or one of our authorized resellers.