Steps of preparation before grilling

Preparing a charcoal grill for perfect grilling involves several key steps to ensure cooking efficiency. Here's a guide to help you get started:

Clear Out Old Ash
  • Dispose of remains of previous grilling sessions by putting the ash into a bag and sealing it tightly before tossing it in the trash.
  • Wait until the ash has cooled completely to avoid any unexpected flare-ups.
Arrange Charcoal
  • For direct heat grilling, spread the charcoal evenly across the bottom of the grill.
  • For indirect heat grilling, create two zones by placing the charcoal on one side of the grill, leaving the other side empty.
Clean Grill Grates
  • Use a hard wire brush to remove any rust or residue on the surface.
  • If a wire brush isn't available, wrap long-handled tongs with aluminum foil and use it to scrub away grime.
Heat Up GRILL Grates
  • A hot grill grate is your best defense against food sticking like glue.
  • Position the grates over the coals and let them heat up for a few minutes once your charcoal is glowing.
Grease GRILL Grates
  • Add a layer of oil to the grates to further reduce the risk of food sticking.
  • Grab a folded paper towel with cooking oil, then use long-handled tongs to apply the oil evenly across the surface of the grates.
Adjust Air Vents
  • Control the airflow and temperature inside the grill by adjusting the vents on the bottom and top of the grill.
  • Open the vents fully for higher temperatures or close them partially to reduce heat.
Fire It Up
  • Load up the grates with your favorite foods and let the flames work their magic.
  • Keep a close eye on the temperature, adjusting airflow and adding more charcoal as needed to maintain the ideal cooking conditions.