How to Use a Charcoal Grill | The Home Depot

How to Use a Charcoal Grill | The Home Depot


One of the keys to getting great results on
a charcoal grill is to properly arrange the lit coals. When spreading the charcoal, remember that
the thinner the layer of coals the less heat they’ll provide and for less time. A thick and condensed layer will burn hotter
and last longer. To cook with direct heat, light the coals
and then spread them evenly in the grate area using a spatula or tongs. To cook with indirect heat, place the lit
coals on roughly half the charcoal grate area. The food can be seared over the coals and
then moved to the cool area for slower, indirect cooking. This cool spot can also be used to reduce
flare ups. Placing a pan of water in the cool area can
help regulate temperature and keep food from drying out during cooking. This method works best for thick cuts of meat. You can arrange the charcoal placing half
the briquettes or lump charcoal to one side, leaving the other side cool…
Or arrange the charcoal to either side of the cook box leaving the middle cool. Regardless of the charcoal arrangement, place
the lid on the grill and pre-heat the cooking grate for about 10 to 15 minutes. If a smokey flavor is desired, soak a few
handfuls of wood chips in water for 30 minutes and place them on top of the hot coals before
cooking. Maintaining the proper temperature level is
the key to great results and the best way to regulate the heat is by adjusting the airflow
using the dampers located at the top and bottom of the grill. To increase the temperature, open the bottom
damper to increase the airflow to the fire. To lower the temperature, open the upper damper
to release heat. If the desired temperature can no longer be
met using the dampers it’s time to add some more coals. If your grill doesn’t have a built in thermometer,
a surface thermometer placed on the cooking grate will help guide you. Check the food periodically with a meat thermometer
to ensure it’s cooked to the proper internal temperature. The needed temperature range will vary depending
on the meat you’re cooking. When your food is ready, replace the lid and
close the dampers. Following these easy steps will ensure you’ll
get delicious, properly cooked food every time. To find out more about using a charcoal grill,
check out our full guide on Home Depot dot com, or to browse our wide selection of grills,
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