How to Grill with Charcoal

Charcoal grilling is not as easy as anyone might think because it requires a lot more time and preparation. Whereas other grill options light up with the touch of a button and are more user friendly. Charcoal grills take patience and constant attention to make sure your food is cooking at your desired temperature. Additionally, charcoal grills can be more dangerous due to the handling of hot coal. Although, there is nothing that could compare to the classic charcoal taste that is irresistible. . This blog will focus on the appropriate steps to take when handling a charcoal grill for the first time.

Confused grill master.

Checklist for Charcoal Grilling

It never hurts to be prepared when getting ready to use a charcoal grill. Here is a checklist for grilling tools that is recommended to complete before starting to grill.
  1. Functional charcoal grill

  2. Make sure that you have a clean grill to work with because it reduces excess smoke and prevents bad flavors from mixing with your food. This requires a wire grill brush. 

  3. Make sure your charcoal grills vents are functional and capable of adjusting.

  4. Fireproof gloves are important when handling hot coal.

  5. Charcoal Starter that can safely light the grill.

  6. Grill Stick to more around the hot coal or wood chips that are mixed in with the coal.

  7. Of course the most obvious item you need is charcoal and there are many types of charcoal to choose from for a distinct flavor.

After completing this checklist, you are now ready to start using your charcoal grill. This will require patience and paying close attention so your food will not overcook.

Charcoal Grilling Steps

  Here are some simple steps to start your charcoal grilling experience.

Step 1: To properly heat your charcoal grill, this process will take some time to achieve a desired temperature which is about 200-250 degrees Fahrenheit. This requires setting up a layer of charcoal (50 to 60 pieces or depending on the size of your grill) and light with a natural charcoal lighter.  Please avoid using lighter fluid!


Step 2: When handling your grill so it achieves the appropriate temperature. The charcoal will turn into a white or gray color and that will indicate you are ready to start grilling. This usually takes 20 to 30 minutes.



This indicates that your charcoal is ready.Charcoal Grilling Tips



Step 3: Place your meat on the clean grill grate and observe the cooking process attentively. A charcoal grill can become very hot and you do not want to overcook your meal.
Step 4: After you are finished using the grill, you want to let the fire cool off. You can simply do this by covering the grill with an air tight light to prevent the fire from igniting again.
Step 5: Cleaning your grill is very important. Let the grill cool off for a little while before scrubbing your grill grate with a wire scrubber. It is recommended for your grill to be somewhat warm to make this process easier.


Charcoal Grilling Ideas

Now that you understand how to prepare and operate a charcoal grill, it is time for the fun to begin. There are many meal ideas out there to make your family or friends the perfect bbq charcoal grill meal, but here is a simple burger recipe to make the perfect hamburgers on a charcoal grill.


Item 1: 75-80 percent ground beef, around 2 ponds

Item 2: Montreal steak spice from McCormick

Item 3: A1 Sauce

Item 4: Finely Chopped Onion

Item 5: Paprika
Item 6: Cheddar Cheese Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl and form your patties (About a quarter of a pound and about a half inch thick.) When preparing your grill, brush the grate with olive oil to prevent sticking. Then cook your burgers for about 4 to 5 minutes each side and after place a slice of cheese on top and let it sit for about 1 minute. Enjoy!
Hamburgers cooked on a charcoal grill.



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