Fire up the barbecue and grab the burgers! It's prime time for sizzling once the coals are covered with white ash.
Things You'll Need
- Lighter Fluid
- Barbecue Grills
- Charcoal Lighters
- Barbecue Tongs
Read the instructions that came with your barbecue grill.
Purchase a large bag of charcoal briquettes and a large can of charcoal lighter fluid.
Stack charcoal briquettes in a pyramid shape near the center of your grill and douse the charcoal evenly with about 1/2 cup lighter fluid for each 2 lbs. charcoal, or as instructions direct.
Let the lighter fluid soak in for about 1 minute, then, using a long fireplace match or a butane barbecue lighter, put a flame to the soaked pile of briquettes.
Let briquettes burn for about 30 minutes until they are covered with white ash.
Using long-handled tongs, spread briquettes evenly over the bottom of the barbecue and begin cooking.
Tips & Warnings
- If you have a gas or electric grill, you don't need to use charcoal.
- One hundred percent charcoal works best.
- You can avoid using charcoal-lighter fluid by using a metal chimney starter - a cylinder in which you pile the coals on top of a grid, add newspaper under it and light the paper. Or you can use an electric starter. Both are available where grilling supplies are sold.
- Putting charcoal-lighter fluid on coals that are already hot may cause a dangerous flare-up.
- Use only charcoal-lighter fluid - not gasoline or other flammable liquid - to start a cooking fire.
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