Getting the fire going isn't the hard part.
Time Required: 20 minutes
- Make sure you have read your grills instructions and that you understand them.
- Thoroughly clean out the grill removing ash and grease.
- Determine how much charcoal you are going to need. A one layer for burgers and steaks or two layers for roasts and chickens.
- Pour enough charcoal into the grill to make the layers needed.
- Stack charcoal into a cone shape.
- Pour lighter fluid over the charcoal cone, using more in the center than he edges. Use about 1/4 cup to 1-pound charcoal.
- Let the fluid sit on the coals for about 30 seconds.
- With a long match light from the bottom on at least two sides.
- Let coals burn until all coals are white on the surface.
- With a long handles instrument, spread the coals evenly across the coal grate.
- Close lid, wait 5 minutes and start cooking.
- Cleaning the grill before each use reduces the bad smoke that can leave a bad taste on foods.
- Never add lighter fluid to burning coals. Even if there is no flame the heat will vaporize the lighter fluid and can cause a serious flame up the second the vapor encounters a flame.