Why buy a charcoal grill instead of a gas or electric grill?
We know why you’re here….
You know that in order to have a smoky, perfectly flavored meal, you have to use a charcoal grill.
You are absolutely right.
The art of charcoal grilling:
Charcoal grilling is very different from gas grilling. Charcoal grilling takes time and patience, but the end result is smoky flavor that cannot be achieved with a gas grill. The sacrifice for a little extra maintenance and time is a fair trade for the flavor charcoal gives food. In addition to that, charcoal is commonly cheaper than gas is for gas grills.
Deciding on the BEST grill…
Things to consider:
If you are looking for the BEST and MOST AFFORDABLE charcoal grill…
We recommend the Weber Original Kettle 22 Inch Charcoal Grill!
If you are looking for the BEST and BIGGEST charcoal grill…
We recommend the Char-Griller 2137 Outlaw 1038 Square Inch Charcoal Grill / Smoker!
If you are looking for the BEST and MOST FUNCTIONAL charcoal grill…
We recommend the Weber Performer Deluxe 22 Inch Charcoal Grill!
Grills make great gifts!
After you have found the right grill, below is the information on the BEST ways to clean and cook on your charcoal grill.
How to use a charcoal grill:
The first step is to make sure the grill is clean.
The BEST way to clean a charcoal grill:
Before using the grill:
- Make sure the ash catcher is empty.
- Use glass cleaner or a mild detergent to clean the outside of the grill.
- Use a steel wool pad and dish soap to clean any excess residue inside of the grill.
- Use a paper towel with soap to clean the inside of the lid.
- Preheat the grill for 10-15 minutes and then use a steel bristle brush to remove excess food on the grate.
- IMPORTANT STEP! Before placing food on the grill, take a paper towel and dip it in cooking oil. Then, using tongs, oil the grates on the grill.
After using the grill:
- Remove the ashes from the ash catcher.
- Use a steel bristle brush to clean off the grates.
- Cover the grill to prevent it from weathering while not being used.
The next step is to add and light the charcoal.
The BEST way to light a charcoal grill:
- Put the charcoal pieces in a pyramid formation on the grate. (see picture below)
- Open any bottom vents for proper ventilation.
- Douse the charcoal pyramid with lighter fluid.
- Light immediately after dousing the coals in lighter fluid.
- When the coals turn gray, spread them out and place the cooking grate on top.
The grill is now ready for food.
The BEST way to cook on a charcoal grill:
For cooking vegetables, lightly coat them in olive oil before placing them on the grill. Once on the grill, sear the vegetables on the outside until desired tenderness. For dense vegetables such as potatoes, sear the outside of them, and then place them on the cooler side of the grill and close it and the grill will act as an oven.
Beef or Pork-
For cooking steaks, burgers or chops, first season the meat with your desired dry rub or marinade. Then once on the grill, flip the meats occasionally once grill marks form on either side. Using a thermometer is the best way to tell if it is done, but a general rule of thumb is: the firmer the meat feels to the touch, the more done it is.
Chicken or Turkey-
For cooking chicken or turkey, first season with a dry rub or marinade. Then, making sure the charcoal is as hot as possible, place the meat skin side down. Allow the chicken or turkey to cook for 6-8 minutes on the outside, flipping as needed, until golden brown. Then place the chicken to the cooler side of the grill and close the grill while the inside of the chicken cooks. When you think it is done, cut a small slit in the chicken and if the juice that comes out is clear, the chicken is done. Of course, a thermometer is always the best way to measure internal temperature.
For cooking seafood, make sure the fish filets are oiled and seasoned. Also, before placing the fish on the grill, make sure the charcoal is as hot as you can get it because you want to sear the fish and keep it juicy. Once on the grill, it should take about 10 minutes for a whole fish to cook, or roughly 8 minutes per inch of thickness for fish filets.
Enjoy the end result!
Now that you have found the right grill, you can learn how to use the grill in this blog and begin cooking delicious meals! This blog is dedicated to providing only the best information on the market’s hottest grills and the world’s best grilling techniques. Grills make great gifts for men and a high quality grill is something that every man needs.
-Charcoal Grill Master