Time to Break Out the Charcoal Grill!

Two Chimney Starters are Better Than One!

Two Chimney Starters are Better Than One!

I am looking out my window today and what a dreary day it is.  Why can’t every day be cook out weather

We had great weather this past weekend – perfect  for a few Corona’s and the Weber.   Ahh…the beauty of the charcoal grill.  My husband loves his Weber, he prefers it to a gas grill any day.   Most people say that it takes too long to get the coals hot enough – those people have probably never used a chimney starter.  Chimney starters eliminate the need for of lighter fluid which can taint the flavor of foods, they also get your coals extremely hot, quickly! 

We used a combination of standard pressed charcoal briquettes and natural hardwood lump charcoal briquettes.  The hardwood lump charcoal doesn’t contain chemical binders or igniting agents – you get a clean, hot burn that produces a superior flavor in your grilled foods.

Steak and Chicken on the Charcoal BBQ

Steak and Chicken on the Charcoal BBQ

You can find a chimney starter at most houseware retailers or home improvement stores.  To use your chimney starter place your favorite charcoal in the chimney, stacking it to the top.   Place a waded up piece of newspaper under the grate within the starter.  Set the chimney starter on top of your barbeque grill grate and light the piece of newspaper  – it should catch quickly with no need for lighter fluid.  Check out this video for a more detailed look at using a chimney starter

You will be amazed how quickly your coals heat up. Once you see grey ash appearing on the coals, they are ready in about 7-10 minutes.  Remember to wear heat-resistant gloves when you handle the hot chimney.  Pick up the chimney by the handle and pour out the coals into your bbq grill. 

Vegetables Grilled on a Charcoal Grill

Vegetables Grilled on a Charcoal Grill

We cooked chicken, steak and vegetables that day.  Some simple seasonings and perhaps some barbeque sauce and you are good to go.  Happy Grilling!

Looking to purchase your chimney starter – or an extra chimney starter?  Amazon sells them at a great price.

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9 Responses to “Time to Break Out the Charcoal Grill!”

  1. Slow-boy Says:

    I love everything grilled. I never use my chimney cause there is never enough coals for me.

    Duh, I never thought of using more than one. One of my favs is BBQing a whole turkey (weber) . Indirect heat allows for lots of grilled veggies on the side

    My family is never happy with a oven cooked one now.

  2. Slow-boy Says:

    BTW love you font (header) , one of my favs

  3. Megan Says:

    Thanks! We appreciate your comments. I have never BBQ a entire turkey…but what a good idea! I’ll tell you what, I will never cook another turkey that isn’t brined. Even brined oven roasted turkeys are moist.

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  7. sarah Says:

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  8. sarah Says:

    I am sick of using my cheap microwave to cook meals as i dont have time. Come the weekend I think i will set up the ol barbie

  9. Adam @ CharcoalGrillCenter.com Says:

    Hi there.

    Thanks for sharing this great info.

    Personnaly, I can’t recommend enough charcoal grills. I couldn’t live without mine. Flavors are just unique and impossible to replicate with gas grills.

    That said, get a charcoal grill starter. I can’t recommend it enough. You’ll save time and it’s more secure if used properly.

    I Subscribed to your blog :)

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