barbecue-charcoal-grillAre you a newbie at barbecuing? Just like other cooking techniques, you’ll get better at it with practice. So do your grocery shopping now, fire up the grill and let’s get the backyard party started! Read our blog for valuable tips when using your charcoal grill!

1. When choosing between using briquettes or hardwood charcoal, remember this. Briquettes are easier to light and burn considerably longer than hardwood. However, you should note that they also have binders, fillers and chemicals. Hardwood charcoals, on the other hand, are natural and give your food a distinct, smoky flavor without the chemicals.

2. Are you a fan of using lighter fluid when lighting up your charcoals? Remember that there are also other safe and chemical-free ways to light them up. If you can’t resist, don’t go squirting the liquid around especially when the fire is already aflame.

3. Consider using a chimney starter to light your charcoals fast and easy. This is also safer to use than lighter fluid. To fire it up, use a long-neck grill lighter to avoid burning your hands.

4. Only start grilling your food when the smoke has stopped. The charcoals should shine a bright orange to guarantee strong heat.

5. Before using your charcoal grill, make sure that the grates are clean. You should ensure that it doesn’t have residues from your last backyard barbecue. Use a wire brush to remove scraps. The ash grid should also be clean just the same.

6. To prevent your food from sticking, use cooking spray. Just spray away from the flame.

7. To move your charcoals evenly on the grid, use long-handle tongs. You might want to consider using our Super Scissor Tongs to make the job easier.

8. Charcoal grills do not have heat control so you should use this as a reference:

a. High Heat – 400 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit

b. Medium High Heat – 350 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

c. Medium Heat – 300 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

d. Low Heat – 250 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit

9. Avoid food overcooking or undercooking. Don’t ditch the wire thermometer because
it will tell you if your food is already cooked according to your preferred doneness. Simply insert the probe into the thickest part of your meat and monitor the display. When it shows your desired temp, move the food to the cooler side of the grill.

10. Don’t use the entire grid for grilling. Set a grilling zone and cooling zone so that you can save your food during flare-ups.

11. To give your food more smokiness, use a smoker. You should check out our La Caja China smoker and the wide array of wood pellets available on our website.

12.  Marinate your meat to make them more flavorful. Just put the marinade for basting and for dipping in separate containers. Doing so will avoid the spread of bacteria thus preventing food poison or contamination. To infuse the flavors successfully, use a meat injector.

13. For smaller food items, use a grill basket. This will prevent food from falling in between the grates.

14. Before serving, let your food rest for about 10 minutes to let its juices flow back in.

15. If you’ll roast big chunks of meat or whole animals, you might want to consider using a pair of bear paws.

We hope that you loved our tips when using a barbecue charcoal grill. Feel free to visit our website to learn about the best charcoal grills for sale, best bbq smokers recipes and other best bbq recipes that you can try this weekend. And remember, to serve the tastiest grilled dishes, only use the best barbecue in the us! Visit our website or call us at 1-800-338-1323 to get your La Caja China now!

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