A portable charcoal grill is a convenient tool to have to easily cook while on the move. It is a great tool to have on hand for picnics, outdoor parties with friends and family, while camping or even while on a hunting trip. Portable charcoal grills typically have portable and foldable legs, venting systems and lids so they can be easily stored away safely and carted around from place to place.
Choosing the best charcoal grill can be overwhelming, as there are so many different styles of grills and so many ways to cook food with a charcoal grill. If you’re confused about the different types of grills available and need a little guidance to help you find your way, here is some information that will narrow things down for you and give you a better understanding of the types of grills and grilling there are.
Charcoal grill – For a basic charcoal grill, one to two layers of charcoal must be put under the grill plate. The charcoal gets stacked into a cone shape, and lighter fluid poured over the top of the charcoal. About 1/4 cup of lighter fluid should be used for each pound of charcoal. After the lighter fluid is put on the charcoal, the charcoal should be lit with a match on two sides of the pile. Once the charcoal is lit for awhile and begins to turn white, it can be spread evenly along the bottom of the grill. Then, the food can be placed on the grill to cook. It’s a simple method that doesn’t take long to do. Charcoal also comes from renewable resources, so while it appears to be dirtier, your carbon footprint is smaller while using charcoal than it is while using a gas grill.
Gas grill – A gas grill is very easy to use. Lava rocks are placed below the cooking plate and a propane tank is installed below the grill. Once the propane is turned on it will begin heating up the rocks. Once the grill begins smoking, food can be placed on the cooking grill plate. A gas grill takes less maintenance as long as you monitor the rocks and stay on the look out in case food suddenly flares up.
Gas and charcoal grills are the most popular ways to grill food, but charcoal is the easiest way to cook if you are on the go. Charcoal, lighter fluid and matches are much simpler to tote around than a large grill with a propane tank. Now that you have an idea of what to look for in a grill, it’s time to find out the different ways of cooking that can be done.
Grilling – Basic grilling is a simple way to cook a wide variety of foods. It is done by having dry heat come in close contact with foods, so a charcoal grill easily gets the job done. Grilled foods typically come right into contact with the food, so it gets a smoky, lightly burnt flavor to it. Meats and vegetables are the easiest foods to grill. Vegetables and meat chunks can be placed onto skewers to make kebob style grilled foods that are delicious and filled with all sorts of different foods.
Barbecuing – Barbecuing is basically the same as grilling, but it’s typically done by first marinating the food or slathering it with sauces, herbs and spices. The term “barbecue” is typically used as an adjective to describe foods. Barbecued foods are usually grilled and very flavorful since they are covered in all sorts of spices and sauces.
That is pretty much all you need to know in terms of grilling, barbecuing and choosing the right grill for you. There is no limit to what you can do in terms of a quick, delicious meal outdoors on the grill. It’s an easy way to quickly cook for a large group and prepare delicious foods that smell great and make everyone happy.