I’ve been a charcoal grilling girl my whole life. I grew up with BBQs only being done on a charcoal grill. I’ve come to prefer it to gas grills. It’s definitely not as convenient, but I can taste the difference. Dallas and I inherited my grandma’s yellow barbecue. I just think it’s the cutest thing ever! It also has some great memories for me.
Growing up, we used newspaper to start the barbecue. If you have some, that will work great. If you’re like me and don’t get the newspaper, I have found that painters paper works excellent! Do Not Use the ads you get in junk mail. They do not burn well.
Fill the bottom of the charcoal chimney with paper and add the charcoal on top. Layer charcoal with a little more paper. Light the paper on the bottom in a few places and let it smoke up. It takes about 20-30 for the charcoal to heat up. When the top charcoal pieces are turning white it’s ready to be dumped out. Use tongs to move the BURNING hot charcoals evenly in the barbecue. This will help get the whole grill cooking well and not just the middle.
When buying charcoal I’m pretty simple. I just go for the original. Nothing fancy like hickory or mesquite. The plain charcoal still adds a great taste to whatever you’re grilling.
Peyton loves playing outside while we barbecue. I love how a barbecue can put me in a fun relaxing mood.