For thousands of years, human beings have been cooking food
items over open flames. The earliest men cooked meat sourced from the hunted
game over fires, and today we still feel that primitive urge to grill our food.
Grilling is one of the most popular cooking methods today. The techniques
involved are simple, cleanup is a breeze, and the finished product simply
Why charcoal BBQs?
Grilling aficionados and purists agree that charcoal BBQs provide the most
flavour compared to other types of grills. Gas grills, however, remain the most
popular type of BBQ grills largely due to its speed and convenience when
cooking.Charcoal BBQs are ideal for people with limited budgets and a lot of
time to kill since the coals have to be lit before the actual grilling can
commence. On the downside, grilling with a charcoal BBQ requires more cleanup
since it’s messier.
On the other hand, gas burners and grills only require an LPG tank and can
immediately start with the turn of a knob or at the touch of a button. Some
gas-powered grills can even be configured to draw from the gas mains,
eliminating the need for an LPG tank. However, the flavours created by grilling
with a gas-powered burn won’t be as deep and smoky as charcoal BBQs.
Preparing a charcoal BBQ
When preparing a charcoal BBQ, having a side table nearby for preparation and
plating can make the grilling process faster, less messy and more convenient.
Unlike gas-powered BBQs, charcoal grills do not have extra space or burners for
cooking food alongside the grill. Reserve a clear area on the table for
preparing and plating. Make sure that all accessories such tongs, a thermometer
and brush are clean and within easy reach. Most importantly, make sure that the
area around the charcoal BBQ is well-ventilated and positioned away from
possible entry points like doors, windows and vents.
Grilling with a charcoal BBQ
There are three major considerations to make when grilling:
- -Will you be grilling using indirect or direct heat?
- -How hot do you want the grill to be?
- -How long will you grill the food?
Grilling with a lid can help regulate the temperature: An enclosed lid can
raise the temperature while removing the lid lowers it. The main difference
between gas grills and charcoal BBQs is you have to preheat the latter before
you can start grilling. You have to prepare the wood and wait until it has
reached the desired temperature.Depending on the type of food, most charcoal
BBQs start hot and then slowly cools down as time progresses. Don’t forget to
coat the grill with a thin layer of cooking oil to prevent the food from
Cleaning up after grilling
Charcoal grilling can be quite messy, and you have to make sure the BBQ is
clean and proper before it can be used again. Remove stuck food and excess oil
with a wire brush immediately after grilling. You have to keep the grates clean
as bacteria can feed on the stuck food and quickly multiply. The stuck food
also attracts pests and other bugs. Do not wait long before cleaning the