Charcoal Article

What better way to enjoy your quality time with your friends and family other than having a nice barbeque party on the backyard. Taste of char-grilled food combine with cold beer and nice conversation. But lighting up a charcoal grill can be a little bit tricky. But don’t worry, we will give you 2 easy way to light up charcoal grill for you. All you have to do is following these step one by one and TADAA! Your charcoal grill is hot-red burning ready to grill.

2 Easy Way to Light BBQ

1. Light Charcoal Grill with Lighter Fluid

For this step, all you need is some lighter fluid, a good quality BBQ Charcoal, and some long matchstick. Remember to make sure that you are not using a self lighting type of charcoal or charcoal that have an additive, but using natural charcoal (like wood charcoal or coconut shell charcoal). Because additives will give a bad taste to your food and a self lighting charcoal will start burning itself without using lighter fluid. After all these equipments ready, now you just have to follow these step.

After all these equipments ready, now you just have to follow these step.

  • Make sure that your grill has been cleaned thoroughly and remove from any grease and ash.
  • Open grill’s vents at the bottom of your grill.
  • Determine how much charcoal you are going to use. The amount charcoal that you have to use is different each time depending on what type of food you are cooking and what temperature that you want.
  • Pour the charcoal into your grill and piling them into a mound or pyramid shape. Piling your charcoal, will help the fire to spread easily and increase contact between one charcoal to another.
  • Add lighter liquid on top and sides of your charcoal. Let it soak for a while.
  • Light your charcoal pile with long matchstick from the bottom of the pile.
  • Let the charcoal to burn until their surface became white.
  • Spread your white charcoal evenly throughout the grate using tools with long handle, like spatula or tongs.
  • Arrange charcoal in the manner needed to cook your meal. If you are using indirect heat, push charcoal to one side of the grill and place you food in the other side then close the lid.

    2 Easy Way to Light BBQ

    2. Light Charcoal Grill with Charcoal Chimney and Used Paper

    Don’t worry if you don’t have any light charcoal for your bbq charcoal. We give you one more way to light charcoal grill, which is with Charcoal Chimney and Used Paper. This method is versatile, you can use it whether you throw BBQ party at your backyard, at camping site, or at other places. For this method, you must prepare a lot of used paper like old newspaper tear and a charcoal chimney. The pile of newspaper will be used to light your wood charcoal or coconut charcoal. Charcoal chimney will help you during the burning process, so when your charcoal is ready you just need to pour it to your grill. There a grate inside charcoal chimney to hold your charcoal and the newspaper goes underneath your charcoal to light it up.

    • Fold 2-3 sheet of old newspaper or 5-6 pieces of paper into a ball or into an oval-ring shape. Made more than one, and then place these rings in the bottom of the chimney.
    • Pour BBQ charcoal to the charcoal chimney.
    • Light a matchstick, and place it to the rings to make it burned. The flame from newspaper will light the charcoal above it. From the chimney vents, check if the coals have started to burned or not. If not started, burn another piece of paper.
    • When the charcoal are mostly covered in ash and gray in color, pour the charcoal into the grate and then spread it to certain area that you need.

    Other Grilling Tips You Should Know

    • It’s important that we know how much charcoal we use and basic lesson arrange charcoal when grilling.
    • Never add lighter fluid into burning coal, because heat from the coal will vaporized lighter fluid and can cause flame up.
    • Always clean you grill first whenever you are going to grill, because it will remove bad taste or bad smoke from your previous grill.
    • Pour some cooking oil into a kitchen towel and rub it to your grill grate, this way your food will not stick when grilled.
    • Giving marinade, glaze or spice rub to your meat is a must. It will give a special flavor to your meat and also prevent your food for over cooking.
    • Good quality grill-ware helps you get better grilling experience. You can buy grilling equipment like Gloves, Smokers, Tongs, Food Tray on website like Weber or Williams-Sonoma.


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