It’s time to start grilling again, and you are excited to bring out the charcoal grill and get started. With summer comes good BBQ and outdoor fun. It can, however, be marred by mistakes made during the operation, which can have less than ideal results. To certify that your time outside grilling this season goes as well as it can, here are a few mistakes you should avoid.
Using an unclean grill
Failure to clean your grill may bring your food in contact with old bits of food that were stuck on the grill from previous sessions. These bits can make your food unsafe to eat. You are therefore advised to give your grill a good going over before you start cooking.
One of the best ways to do so is to light the grill and use a wire brush to scrub the grates as the grill heats up. This applies to both public and private grills.
Cleaning the grill also speaks to the question of maintenance. The more care that is taken to perform maintenance tasks before and after every use, the more satisfactory the results from cooking on your grill and the longer it will be operational.
Adding food sooner than recommended
The charcoal must be given time to heat up to proper levels. You must exercise patience. Placing food on grates that have not been well heated will guarantee that your food sticks to the grates in most instances. The food will also have a strange flavour when served.
The question of Heat
The right type of heat has a significant impact on the product of your cooking. Different foods have different heat requirements. Charcoal grills have two types of heat: direct and indirect. It is essential that you are aware of what the better kind of heat for the food that you plan to cook on the grill is.
A general rule of thumb is food that requires a long cooking period should use indirect heat while food that does not take long to cook is prepared over direct heat.
Ignoring the vents
The vents on a charcoal grill help with the control of airflow. This control, in turn, aids with temperature management. The formula for temperature adjustment is the more open the vent, the higher the heat. Inversely, to lower the temperature if you feel that the grill is too hot, simply close the vent in increments until your grill has attained the ideal temperature level.
Excessive lifting of the lid
Charcoal grill differs from their electric and gas-powered counterparts in the effect that an open lid has on the heat levels within the grill. While other grills will lose some heat when the cover is open, charcoal grills become hotter as more oxygen flow encourages the coals to burn more vigorously. You must be judicious in selecting when to check on your food to minimize the frequency and duration in which the lid is open. This way, you do not alter the cooking conditions so much that the food does not come out as desired.
Taking the time to avoid these mistakes will give you the best chance to create memorable meals using your charcoal bbq grill; so take these tips to heart and enjoy the fruits of your efforts.