We see far too often people open the barbecue, throw some charcoal in, drench in lighter fluid, light the charcoal and then 30 minutes later…. hey presto!! Burnt burgers with a hint of fresh lighter fluid. Yuk!!
By doing a little bit of planning and investment you will have the best, most succulent food you have ever cooked on the barbecue. From juicy burgers to tender chicken, by implementing the following steps you will be on the path to achieve the rank of Barbecue Master.
The fuel you put in your BBQ is just as important as the food you put on your BBQ!!!
When purchasing charcoal there are two main types , lumpwood and briquettes and it is a common question, what is the difference?
For JW's HolySmoke we only use lumpwood charcoal as it contains no chemicals or toxins and offers a clean cook to the food. We are proud to use and stock Alderline Alderwood charcoal imported from Latvia. We believe looking after our planet is a priority and as well having a restaurant grade cooking performance , it's a natural weed , produces minimal smoke and even comes in recycled packaging.
For more information on our charcoal please click here
Briquettes are made from sawdust and leftover woods that are burnt down the same way as lump charcoal. Unlike lump charcoal, additives are in the process of making briquettes, unlike lump charcoal which is pure wood. Briquttes make alot of ash and do not get as hot as lumpwood. it can also taint the food with a chemical taste.
what ever you decide to use here are some pointers on how to get the best form your barbecue
Step 1 - understanding the barbecue
When you look at your barbecue (depending on size) split the areas into 2 or 3 zones. If I was using a round barbecue, I would split into two zones. Zone 1 – This is where the charcoal will be, making this the hottest part of the barbecue. Zone 2 – This will be hot enough to continue cooking but will offer a more gradual heat Zone 3 – A warming or resting area. By having the main heat source over one side of the barbecue it gives you more control over the temperature ranging from searing hot to warm. For people using 2 zones, zone 3 is the one to remove
Step 2- the build
Place in a pyramid shape using enough charcoal to offer an even covering in Zone 1. Place either paper balls or a small amount of Eco friendly fire-lighters in the fuel Do NOT put any lighter fluid onto the charcoal. It will ruin the clean flavour. some charcoal does need an airflow underneath to burn. If you have a grill at the bottom of the barbecue, begin with the vents open and slowly close as the fuel gains temperature closing any air vent.
Step 3 - lighting the barbecue
Once the firelighters/paper have burnt away, the flames will die down an begin to disappear. Do not be tempted to add more charcoal. You should be able to hear the charcoal beginning to crackle and notice red embers appearing within the fuel. Now it’s time to relax, pour yourself a drink and let nature do its work!
Step 4 - getting ready
After about 10 minutes the charcoal will begin to turn white. Spread the fuel to cover zone 1 and place your grill back on the barbecue and allow the grill to heat up. Adding the grill at this point will prevent the food from sticking to the grill. The hotter the grill the better the sear on the food and the less the food will stick. If you have food that is sticking to the barbecue your grill is not hot enough.
Step 5 - the magic
After about 15/20 minutes the charcoal should be ready to cook on. A simple way to check is to carefully hold your open palm over Zone 1 and if you can only hold it for a couple of seconds you are ready to start cooking.
WARNING: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU TOUCH THE GRILL.
As you get a beautiful outside colour on the food, you can then move between Zone 1 and 2 to ensure an even cook throughout. Once the food is cooked, should it need to be rested, it can be moved to Zone 3.
Step 6 - refuel
When the charcoal begins to lose heat and you feel it is not hot enough to cook on, carefully remove your grill and add several more pieces and repeat as needed. Do not be tempted to add a completely new layer as this can smother the barbecue
At JW's holysmoke we offer a range of high quality fuels . To order please press the link below