Tips For The Perfect Charcoal Barbeque
Perfecting your skills for the next barbeque is something we are sure you are interested with. These 6 simple tips should just do the trick.
1. Gear Up
To get the perfect charcoal barbeque, you need a good charcoal grill. You won’t get the same smoky flavor of an electric grill that you would get from a charcoal grill. It would help if you also had some grilling equipment while you’re at it, like a pair of tongs, a grill brush, a long-handled spatula, and a hinged-wire basket. Other great grilling accessories include racks, skewers, toppers, and works that you can use to enjoy being a master griller!
2. Light a Chimney Starter
Using a chimney starter is the easiest and safest way to grill your food. Fill the chimney with charcoal and light it over a few sheets of crumpled paper over the bottom. When it’s lit up, pour the coals over the bottom grill grate, place an oiled grate on top, and you’re ready to go.
The advantage of the chimney starter is that you don’t need to use lighter fluid as it can be dangerous. You will also avoid that unpleasant taste it tends to live behind.
3. Close the Lid
It’s tempting to check and make sure that everything is cooking nicely but don’t peak too much. Opening the grill lets the heat escape, which could lead to dry meats. This is because lifting the lid will add oxygen which will cause the fire to burn hotter.
Most manufacturers recommend getting a digital thermometer for food, and for the grill itself. Because a charcoal grill essentially works like an oven, it’s essential to keep the temperature inside consistent when the lid’s on.
4. Preparation is Key
As opposed to cooking in the kitchen; where you can start and stop at any time to prepare sides, condiments, or clean utensils; once the grill gets going, there’s no stopping the coal. Ensure you can focus on the task at hand by prepping everything necessary before you light the coals.
5. Flavor It
There are several ways to add extra flavor to your food. The quickest way is with glazes, which are thick sauces made with coatings often made with honey, maple syrup, or molasses that are brushed on during the last few minutes of grilling.
To create a savoury crust, apply lends of herbs and spices in wet and dry rubs a few hours before cooking. Wet rubs incorporate moist ingredients, such as oil, mustard, and yogurt. To make them tender and add more flavor, immerse them in marinades that are made with acidic liquids, such as lemon juice, vinegar, and wine.
6. Cleaning Your Grill
A clean grill will help prevent food from sticking. Ensure you brush your preheated grill to ensure there is no leftover residue from your last meal before the next grill session.
After you are done using the grill, turn the cooking grids so that the dirty section is over the lit coals. Let it sit for a few minutes and then give the grill a quick scrub. The heat will help burn off the residue from your delicious meal.
You should also clear the ashes, scooping them from the bottom and be sure to scrape the layers of carbon off the dome as well, which can otherwise build up and destroy future meals.