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Selecting Your First Charcoal Grill

Charcoal grills are perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to barbeque steaks, burgers, ribs, fruits, vegetables and other delicious foods. Charcoal grills are easy to maintain, easy to clean and easy to use.

Before purchasing a charcoal grill, you will need to decide what you will be using it for. If you wish to use it for camping, then you would want to consider a portable charcoal grill. Portable grills are suitable for camping trips and small cookouts, but they are not suitable for larger cookouts where a lot of people will be gathering. Since portable charcoal grills are easy to transport, and usually cost less than 20 dollars, then you could consider purchasing a large grill for home use, and a smaller charcoal grill for your camping and traveling needs.

When selecting your first charcoal grill, you should think about safety first, especially if you plan to have small children around when you are grilling. You should select a charcoal grill that has sturdy legs to help eliminate the chances of the grill tipping over. If your charcoal grill falls over, you could suffer sever burns on your legs and feet and the flying sparks could catch anything near the grill on fire. A grill with study legs will withstand a lot of use and will also be less likely to tip over.

One of the best features of a charcoal grill is the flavor of your food once grilled over charcoal briquettes. You simply place the briquettes in your grill and add some lighter fluid to start your fire. Charcoal is inexpensive, good for the environment and the ashes from the burnt briquettes are great for your flowerbed or garden. When using your charcoal grill, stack the briquettes into a pyramid shape, using a long match light them and then let them burn down to glowing red embers before you begin your grilling.

After you have grilled your foods, you will need to ensure that the fire is extinguished in your charcoal grill before you leave it unattended. You can do this by either leaving the grill open and letting the fire burn out on it's own, or you can close the grill to deny the fire oxygen which will then smoother the embers.

Once you have extinguished the fire, you should clean your charcoal grill regularly to ensure that it will last for years. If you do not clean your grill regularly, then grease will build up and become a hard mass that is very difficult to clean. You should use soapy water and a wire brush to clean your charcoal grill after each use. Once you have scrubbed your grill with a wire brush, allow it to dry and then spray cooking oil on the surface to help prevent rust.

If you decide to purchase a charcoal grill, you will find that it's not only more affordable than a smoker or gas grill, but that it also provides a lot more enjoyment. Nothing beats the smell of burning charcoal briquettes mingled with the smell of great meats cooking on the grill. The smell that will have your neighbors saying, "Wow, they are cooking out today, I wonder if I can join them"!


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