Grilling is fun! And, we at the Meat Thief enjoy what we do. Did you know they say that nothing gets past a charcoal grill? Well, it’s true. Imagine just sitting there watching food cook and listening to the sizzling sound of steaks and hot charcoal cracking. In fact, you may even end up getting the whole neighborhood filled with great aroma.

Whether you want to grill steak or brisket, the charcoal fire is the best for that. If you are a first-timer, then grilling using charcoal may be a little tricky. But, we are here for you. The following are some of the best grilling tips from us:

Get yourself a Chimney Starter

These are a must have since they can help light about 100 charcoal briquettes within a short period of time. All you need is just a match and a single sheet of newspaper. You do not need lighter fluid with this. Thus, you won’t have to deal with exploding lighter fluids or even food tasting like kerosene.

Add the right amount of charcoal

So, exactly how much is the right amount of charcoal? This definitely depends on the amount of target grill temperature and can be decided in terms of how full your chimney is. A full chimney is perfect for high-heat grilling steaks and thin meat cuts.

Oil and Preheat your cooking grate

It is important that you oil the cooking rate. This prevents your food from sticking to the grill. Preheating, on the other hand, will ensure that your food doesn’t spend too long on the grill and overcook. It also gives your food the lovely grill marks.

Safety also comes first. So ensure you oil your grate before setting it over the hot coals.

Do you know how to vent?

A charcoal grill has no knob or dial for adjusting temperatures. For this reason, you must ensure you learn how to vent. Controlling how the hot coals on your grill burn is quite easy. All you need to do is to control oxygen flow by opening and closing the vents.

When the vent is open, more oxygen is allowed thereby producing a hotter grill. You can also trim the vent and slow oxygen thereby cooling the grill. In addition, ensure your grill is not full of ash as this can obstruct the vents.

It is also very important that you learn the difference between direct and indirect heat. And above all, enhance your flavor with wood. Incorporating wood is one way of adding flavor to your grilled items. With the above tips, you are on your way to being a master of charcoal grilling. It may take time before you get there but hey, all you have to do is keep practicing!


If you are looking to book a BBQ for your catering event please look no further than contacting The Meat Thief. We have offices in both Portsmouth and Leicestershire and would love to cater for your event.

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