Grilling is a fantastic way to prepare your meals, and nothing is better than obtaining that perfect sear. A charcoal grill enhances the flavor of the food. Using a charcoal grill is not easy, but firing a charcoal grill is the best way to enjoy summer! Here is a step-by-step guide on how to cook on a charcoal grill with all the necessary points.
How to get the charcoal grill ready?
Getting your charcoal grill ready for use consists of five simple steps. The steps are as follows:
- Add the coal in a charcoal chimney
Most chimneys have a filling line, therefore, add the coal till the filling line. For those who don’t have a filling line, 3lbs is an ideal amount.
- Prep the starter
You can prepare your fire starter by taking a piece of a newspaper. Dunk it in vegetable oil, and place it under the grate of the chimney.
- Light it up
Rest the coal on the grill grate, and ignite it. You can use an igniter, by sticking it into one of the holes, so that the newspaper catches fire.
- Create a layer of charcoal
It is necessary for foods like hot dogs that cook faster. Dump the coal into the grill in such a way that it spreads out equally.
Create a zone for foods that cook fast and foods that cook slow. For this, all you have to do is move more coal to one side.
How to prepare the grill?
Preparing the grill is easier than it looks. Here is how you can do it:
- Clean the grate
- Place the food on it when it is hot
- Add wood sticks for enhancing the flavour
How to cook on a charcoal grill?
Cover the grill for the foods that need it
Most foods that cook fast need grilling with the lid on them. Furthermore, it lets the food get cooked thoroughly.
Control the heat by adjusting the dampers
You can open the dampers and increase the heat for grilling a steak. Additionally, you can close it, which will decrease the temperature, helping you cook veggies.
Check the temperature
Checking the temperature of the food is essential, especially when you want your steak medium or medium-rare. You can do it with the help of a digital thermometer.
Do not forget to close the grill.
Let it cool down once it is cooked. Therefore, close the grill, and when it cools down, dispose of the ashes.
Following all these steps will help you understand how to cook on a charcoal grill. Apart from it, there are many don’ts when it comes to grilling. Here are some things that you should not do while grilling.
- Do not add food too early
- Do not refrain from using the vents of the grill
- You should not lift the lid too often
For those grilling for the first time, I recommend to do it under the supervision of an experienced person.
Have a nice meal!