How To Light A Charcoal Grill

How To Light A Charcoal Grill

As fun - and tasty - as grilling in the great outdoors is, coming face-to-face with a charcoal grill can be daunting! Contrary to what you might think, lighting a charcoal grill is actually very easy. With the right techniques, you'll have cookin'-ready coals in no time at all! Just remember that these steps are only for charcoal grills, not gas or electric.

Here's what you need to get started:

  • Charcoal
  • Lighter
  • Grill
  • Lighter fluid
  • Meat and/or vegetables for grilling

Step 1: Before trying to light the grill, first make sure that all the ash and grease has been cleaned from previous use. This helps reduce smoke that can leave a bad taste on food.  Then remove the grill rack and lid. Use enough charcoal briquettes to cover the grill in a single layer.

Step 2: Pile up the charcoal briquettes in a pyramid in the middle of the grill, and soak the briquettes in lighter fluid, making sure to concentrate most of the fluid in the middle. Let the lighter fluid soak the charcoal for about 1 minute.

Step 3: Using a fireplace lighter or long stick matches, carefully light the bottom of briquettes.  You may need to light the charcoal in a few different places, depending on how much charcoal you used. Wait for the briquettes to turn white.

Step 4: Spread the briquettes out evenly across the grate for direct cooking, or create two piles on either side of the grill with a space in the middle for indirect cooking.

Step 5: Close the grill lid, wait 5 minutes and then get grilling!

Note: Never add lighter fluid to burning coals as this can cause a flame up.

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