How to Make Charcoal Briquettes | Tips For Make Charcoal Briquettes

The first steps in the manufacturing of briquettes are to prepare both the char and the coal and this is done by different methods of controlled burning that drive off the moisture and volatile components. Once complete the finished products are pulverized ready for blending.

Place the briquettes in the charcoal BBQ grill pan to determine the quantity then stack them up in a pyramid shape to light. Soak the briquettes with approximately 1/2 cup of lighter fluid, and let set for a few minutes before lighting. Once the coals have begun to burn and ash starts to form arrange them with long handled tongs into a single layer.

Grilling on the other hand is done at much higher temps. A typical charcoal grill can run 350-450 degrees and a ceramic cooker (Big Green Egg) can go over 1000 degrees. This is great for cooking steaks, pork chops and burgers. In fact I still us an old Weber style charcoal grill for my quick cuts of meat. My gas grill has been needing a new burner for the better part of 18 months, but I have not reduced my outdoor cooking at all.

The main advantage of a charcoal grill is that you can use it for indirect grilling. For indirect grilling, you will need the grill to have a cover. Kettle shaped or suitcase shaped grills typically have this feature. The kettle shape is my favorite one as it combines portability with an old world charm effortlessly. The ability to use it for indirect grilling is an added, obvious bonus.

Charcoal is used as the heat source in the majority of cases, while the wood is used to add smoke and flavor. You may wonder why not use the wood for both heat and smoke. When you try to kill both birds with the same stone, or wood in this case, it often results in over smoking. It is easier to smoke and to control heat using charcoal.

When the coals are ready, carefully poor the coals into the grill and spread them evenly around the grill bed. Remember to safely place the very hot charcoal chimney starter away from pets and children so they don't get burned. Also, don't put the hot chimney starter on the grass because it can cause a fire.

Allow wood to burn into glowing coals, this takes approximately 45 minutes; amount of time depends on size of wood used. Spray with water until fire is extinguished; turn the chunks of coal over and spray again until coals are completely extinguished. Allow to dry in place several days before placing in container for later use.

Of course buying accessories for your smoker is always a good idea. If you plan on smoking ribs, a standing rib rack is a must. Your particular smoker can handle four full slabs easily. You might also want to buy flavored wood chips to add to the taste of the food you smoke. Hickory, apple and mesquite tend to be favorites. With a little practice and experimentation, you should be able to create world-quality barbecue with your Weber 721001 right in your backyard.

Some of the least favorable aspects of charcoal briquette grills are the effort it takes in lighting and maintaining the heat. Gas and propane are convenient in getting started by the 'flip' of a switch. Charcoal grills also tend to be more of a clean-up process due to the residual ash and soot.

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