Outdoor cooking- introduction
Outdoor cooking is a great way to enjoy your gourmet time beyond the walls. And what is outdoor cooking without
grilling- especially charcoal grilling! You may have a great recipe for chicken or beef grilling, but did you know
the basics of handling charcoals?
• Following insights on charcoal preparations should prove informative-
a. By nature, charcoal is porous. Prepared from burned hardwoods, charcoal is sold commercially in the stores as
compacted, brick-shaped briquettes. They are also sold as lumps. Charcoal bags are now part of typical outdoor
b. For optimal results- charcoal needs to be kept dry. If, by any chance, your charcoal is wet- it might never
light at all. Just store it in dry places to save your charcoal bags, briquettes from getting moisture.
c. Whenever you purchase commercially marketed charcoals, it is always a good idea to follow the manufacturers’
instructions. Nevertheless, as the scientific theories suggest- it is good to light the charcoal at least half an
hour before you begin your grilling. This gives the charcoal get hot and ready for the grilling.
d. When you are grilling- you are actually cooking on a flat heat source. So, to make this flat heat source
efficient, place a number of briquettes so it becomes a bed of briquettes underneath your grilling heat zone. But
the briquette bed has to be a bit larger than the food cooked.
e. Here are some figures on an efficient meat-briquette ratio. For a kilogram of meat, you should light around 30
standard sized briquettes. There will be 15 to 20 briquettes in 1 pound of charcoals sold in the market.
f. If however, you are having an hour long (or over) grilling session- get ready to light additional 10 or 12
twelve briquettes. Wondering how to place the extra briquettes? Simple! Just place them around the edges.
But make sure that they are in contact with the burning coals. If you do not wish to take all that trouble-
simply light them up yourself. Or you can light them up in a can or charcoal chimney starter and then add them to
the burning charcoal clusters.