Charcoal Barbeque Grills
When it is time for a family cookout, nothing will give those burgers and steaks a better flavor than cooking them over charcoal barbeque grills. While many people have been convinced that gas is more convenient, knowing how to build a proper fire in charcoal barbecue grills can make them almost as convenient and also provide that great flavor only available when using charcoal BBQ grills.
How to Light a Charcoal BBQ Grill
One method for starting the fire for a charcoal BBQ grill is to use lighter fluid. To start the fire using this method, the briquettes should be placed in a pyramid and soaked with the fluid. Do not skimp on the fluid as there needs to be enough to keep burning until the briquettes start to burn on their own. The charcoal should have a glossy sheen from the fluid. Do not light the fire immediately, but allow the fluid to soak in 2-3 minutes. Once the time has passed, use a match or long propane lighter to start the fire. Allow the briquettes to burn for fifteen to twenty minutes in the pyramid before spreading in a grid for cooking.
If you prefer to avoid the use of the petrochemicals to start the fire, there are a couple of methods that are effective and easy as well. Using these methods makes starting the BBQ grills charcoal almost as easy as using a gas grill.
The first method for starting charcoal barbeque grills without using lighter fluid involves use of a chimney. The user may want to create his own chimney or purchase one that is commercially prepared. To make your own chimney, you will need a gallon can. Cut both ends from the can and drill several half inch holes in the sides of the can about one half inch from the bottom. To use the chimney you have created on your own or the one you bought, crumple a couple of sheets of newspaper in the bottom and fill with charcoal. Light a match to start the newspaper burning. Leave the briquettes in the chimney for about fifteen minutes. Remove the chimney and spread the briquettes across the bottom of the grill for cooking.
Electric Starters For BBQ Charcoal Grills
Electric starters for BBQ charcoal grills require that you have access to a 110 outlet. Place a single layer ten to fifteen briquettes on the bottom of the grill. Place the electric starter on top of the charcoal and pile more charcoal on top. Plug in the device and let it start the fire. In a few minutes, remove the starter and allow the coals to cover in grey ash before cooking.
Knowing how to start the fire in Charcoal Barbeque Grills can make the process of cooking them almost as easy as using a gas grill. In addition, you will find that the foods you cook have that authentic smoke flavor that is not possible using the gas grill.