Cooking on Charcoal

A charcoal grill may seem a bit dated in these days of liquefied natural gas and propane-barbecue. But a charcoal grill can be different for everything from cooking simple meals to smoking your favorite meat. Nothing like a meal cooked on grills offers a beautiful, natural taste.

There are many grills available, the choice is endless, and there are grills that suit almost all needs. A portable charcoal grill can be excellent for riding in the backyard or other picnic events, and then, of course, you have your large grills that are stationary and are used mainly for yards and barbecues by the pool.

When you choose your charcoal grill, you need to know exactly what you expect from it. Grilled coal can grill, fry and smoke meat and fish, depending on the type you choose and how you set it up.

Tips For Using a Charcoal Grill.

Always try to make sure that before you start using your charcoal grill, it is located on a good level surface and stable. NEVER use your charcoal grill indoors at any time, coal burning releases toxic fumes of carbon dioxide and poses a danger to your health.

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Always check that your grill is in good condition before lighting, make sure it is clean, and everything is installed and is in the right place. These checks will allow you to get the most out of the pleasure of using your charcoal grill and cook great meals outdoors.

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Good advice on how much briquettes to use when preparing food is to work out roughly the amount of food that you are going to cook; a good guide will be for every pound of meat that you are going to cook, you need to use about 25-30 briquettes to get the best results.

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To start cooking, you need to make sure that the briquette is placed in the pyramid, to begin with, you can light briquettes using a folded newspaper in the middle, or you can use a lighter fluid to burn coal.

When using lighter fluid, be careful not to use too much, for 30 bricks using half a cup, it’s enough to get your charcoal grill. When you have added lighter fuel to your briquettes, give it a few minutes to soak in before lighting it, and then light it using extended matches that you can buy, they are ideal for the safe lighting of grills in the open air. You need to wait about 10 minutes after lighting your briquettes before cooking, make sure that the fire has disappeared and you are left with gray briquette briquettes, and then rebuild them with utensils such as tongs at the bottom of the grill ready for cooking.


Safety when using charcoal should be your top priority, always ensure that you do not have a grill near trees or grass where a spark could ignite the surrounding area. Try to keep your grill off the wind when you use it; it will stop any rogue sparks or coals from bloating and cause unwanted fires.

When you finish cooking on your portable charcoal grill, you must let it cool down completely before trying to move it if your grill comes with a lid, then just close the lid and fasten the coal with oxygen to get them out; this should 20 minutes to achieve. Also remember that after using the grill, always give it a good cleaning before cleaning it, this will help to keep your grill and make it ready for use for the next great adventure outdoors.




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