Nothing smells like summer more than a charcoal grill. Charcoal barbecuing is a common and easy cooking method in parks, backyards, tailgating or on camping trips. You don’t need to worry about a gas line or propane tank when it comes to charcoal grills and smokers. Simply use coals (typically coal briquettes or lump charcoal) or your favorite smoking wood chips to get a classic, charred flavor. Charcoal grills feature a crosshatch cooking grid that is set directly upon the charcoal flames. This design is what gives you the famous grill marks on your barbecue. Stack the coals in a pyramid shape in the center of the grill to decrease smoke — although smoke is a convenient insect repellent — and increase the heat. A little lighter fluid on the coals make it easy for the flame to catch and for you to start grilling shortly thereafter.
Small charcoal grills.
The best charcoal grill for you may come in a small size, especially if you have lots of other outdoor furniture. Whether you live in an area with a small deck or patio or just prefer the convenience of a portable charcoal grill, these are great options if you want to grill but save on space. Just like their larger counterparts, small charcoal grills give you that smoky barbecue flavor you crave. You can set these tabletop charcoal grills basically anywhere, so it’s easy to take along with your other camping gear for an outdoor adventure. On the other hand, a charcoal smoker is usually much larger than a standard grill and requires more square footage.
Some of the best charcoal smoker and grill benefits.
One of the biggest benefits to a charcoal grill is the flavor you get by cooking over open heat. Plus, charcoal grills and smokers can be set up practically anywhere as long as you have a bag of charcoal. You don’t need a gas line or propane unless you choose a charcoal and gas grill that combines both types of heat; however, charcoal can get hotter than wood or gas, so it’s important to keep a watchful eye on the coals and the food as you’re grilling. A charcoal grill or smoker tends to be significantly less expensive than a gas grill because of how it’s designed. Coals generally don’t flare up like gas flames, making charcoal grills a relatively safe grilling option. Plus, you can customize the heat by placing the coals or briquettes wherever you want more or less heat and then position your meats and veggies accordingly.
Cleaning a charcoal grill is important for it to maintain its usability and safety. Make sure you have the proper grill accessories, like cleaning tools to help with food and charring build-up, covers and more.