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How To Light Your BBQ

   

 

 

 
pyramid shape with the charcoal

Fire lighters and Charcoal

Build a pyramid shape with the charcoal and insert charcoal firelighters. Light and wait for 20 to 30 minutes

Hot charcoal

After 20 TO 30 Minutes

It should look like this

charcoal ready

Spread the Charcoal

Use a barbecue tool to spread out the charcoal. Be patient, Its not ready for cooking until it's grey or covered in ash.

 

Be Patient

The biggest mistake is to start cooking before the charcoal is ready.

If your barbecue party starts at 7.00, light the barbecue at 6.30

Do not spread the charcoal more than 2/3 on the charcoal grate.

This will help if if you have flames or flare-ups you can move the food to a cooler part of the grill.

 


Charcoal Storage

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The Cooking Grill

 

Store your charcoal in a cool dry place. A garage or shed is ideal but it must be off the floor.

A plastic dustbin is ideal.

Proper storage will eliminate the use of starter fluids.

When you have finished cooking, close the lid of the barbecue and close the air vents. In the morning you will be able to salvage some left over charcoal. Just place in a plastic throw-away shopping bag and shake. All the dust will have come off the charcoal and it will be ready to use again.

Is a must for keeping food warm and cooking on the barbecue.

Also for storing pre-prepared barbecue courses in the fridge.

 

Always lightly oil the cooking grill before barbecuing this will help stop food sticking.

Use cooking oil.

 

Heat control

Adding More Charcoal

High Far Content Foods

Indirect Cooking (Roasting)

 

Don't cover the whole base of the barbecue with charcoal. leave some space for a cooler section so you can move food around.

If you have a lid on your barbecue use it to control any flames or flare ups. No oxygen no fire.

If you need to add more charcoal , place it around the edge.

The best way to add more charcoal is to buy a charcoal starter.

Charcoal starter

The most problems with flames and flare ups are caused by food with a high fat content.

Cook these foods using the indirect method.

If cooking indirect you will have to practice with the vents on your barbecue to get it just right. Try all vents half way open first.

 

Charcoal Position

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charcoal on the bbq

 

Do not spread the charcoal more than 2/3 on the charcoal grate.

You will be able to cook your food more easily and if you get any flames or flare ups just move the food away from the hot charcoal.

This method also works well if you don't have a warming rack.

You can place the charcoal in the middle or to one side both methods work well.

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