It’s the ultimate backyard argument – gas or charcoal. Yes, gas is easier and faster, but charcoal just makes everything taste so much better. With these step by step guide, you’ll be a charcoal champion in no time.
You may be tempted to use lighter fluid or quick-lighting charcoal briquettes, but don’t do it! You will be able to taste it, and it’s not pleasant. Don’t use gas or kerosene either; all you need is newspaper and regular charcoal briquettes.
Fire can’t survive without oxygen, so make sure the vents on your grill are open and you are in an open area. Take some newspaper and crumble it into a loose ball. Place it on the bottom grate of your grill. Make a small pyramid over the paper with the briquettes. Light the paper and let the briquettes burn for a while. When the flames start to die down, add more briquettes until you have enough for whatever you’re cooking. Add the grill rack and check your temperature. If you don’t have a thermometer on your grill, you can test it with your hand by using the following simple test. Hold your hand out a few inches above the grill rack and see how long you can keep it there. If you have to pull away after 2 seconds, it’s high heat; 3 seconds is medium-high; 4 seconds is medium; 5 seconds is medium-low, 6 seconds is low.
You’re now ready to grill!