Preparing charcoal for cooking

How to Light the Fire


Now a day’s people are used to propane/gas grills, there is nothing wrong with them, they are easy to start, and they do a great job of cooking your food.  I know, grilling with charcoal can sound intimidating, let me the first to tell you, it isn’t!  Today I am going to teach you how to get the first started.  Once you have a good fire going on the grill it’s all uphill, to some yummy freshly grilled, well anything, there is no limit to what you can cook on the grill.  But that will come, let’s get started with lighting the fire.


Step 1:

Open the air vents on your grill


Step 2

Mound the briquettes into a pyramid-shaped pile in the bottom center of the grill OR pile the charcoal into a high capacity chimney starter.


Step 3:

Place either non-toxic fire starter or crumpled newspaper under the pile of briquettes and light.


Step 4:

When coals are covered with a light-grey ash (usually 20 to 30 minutes), you are ready to start cooking!


If you are looking to add some smokey flavor to your food, add some hardwood chops (that have been soaked in water for at least 30 minutes and drained) to the coals just before cooking.  You can also add fresh herbs (such as rosemary or thyme) to the coals as well to smoke some of the flavors into your food.


Happy Grilling!




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