Tally up how many people you think you'll be grilling for on average. You can use the area of the cooking grate to start estimating how much food you could comfortably grill at a time. Note that overcrowding food on a grill is a leading cause of food poisoning, so you'll definitely want enough space!
Portable Everdure charcoal grill
Finding the right charcoal grill can be overwhelming. There are so many options and price points! To help get you started, we've compiled a list of our top recommendations for brands that we know offer quality charcoal grills in a variety of options.
Blaze Grills Blaze is a great choice when you're looking for more affordable charcoal grills that don't sacrifice quality. Their charcoal grill options include an aluminum Kamado-style grill and a 32-inch rectangular grill.
Blaze charcoal grill
Broilmaster Broilmaster has been making grills since 1966. Their aluminum charcoal grill head has options for a post-mount or a cart mount in addition to other customization options.
Everdure Everdure grills are a marriage of technology and aesthetics. They offer several charcoal grills including their 4K grill that allows you to cook on different levels (including a pizza stone!) and monitor the temperature from your smartphone. Their CUBE is a stylish option for a portable grill.
Loading a grill with charcoal
Primo Started by a Greek sailing enthusiast, Primo is known for its American-made ceramic grills. They carry different sizes of high-quality oval and kamado ceramic grills.
How To Use and Maintain Your Grill
It goes without saying that proper use and maintenance are crucial for the safety and longevity of your grill. After all, you are cooking with fire! Depending on your model, there may be different instructions for using or cleaning your grill. This section includes some general tips, but you should always read the manual for the best information.
It's common for grills to arrive with some assembly required. When putting together the grill, start by identifying all of the parts and reading through the instructions in the owner's manual. The grill should come with all of the necessary hardware, but you will need some basic tools.
Do's and Don'ts of Charcoal Grilling:
Don't grill indoors or in a garage.
Stay at least 10 feet away from the house or other major structures. Also, steer clear of low hanging tree branches or other combustible materials that could catch on fire.
Don't leave a lit grill unattended.
Clean the cooking grates with a wire grill brush before each use.
Read and follow the manual instructions for how to vent the grill when it is in use.
Give the charcoal plenty of time to extinguish and cool.
Don't overload the grill with food. Overloaded grills can lead to cross-contamination where juices from raw meat seep into cooked food and lead to food poisoning.
How to Build a Charcoal Fire
When lighting charcoal, mound up the pieces in a pyramid shape to help make sure all the coals lit. Add lighter fluid and then use a lighter or long-stemmed match to light the charcoal. Be careful with this! Don't add lighter fluid once the coals are already lit.
You'll know the coals are ready once they are covered with a greyish-white ash layer. Some charcoal comes pre-coated with lighter fluid and can be lit with a match or lighter.
Lighting a charcoal grill
Another option is something called a chimney lighter. This is a metal cylinder with a handle and two compartments. The larger top portion holds the charcoal. The bottom has a small area to stuff newspapers into open slots that allow you to light the paper with a match.
Pink long-stem lighter
To use, turn the empty chimney upside down and put some wadded newspaper in the bottom. Flip it right side up and fill it with the amount of charcoal you wish to use. To light it, set it on the grill rack and use a match or lighter to light the newspaper through the slots in the bottom section.
Once the newspaper catches on fire it will begin to light the charcoal from the bottom up. In a few minutes, your charcoal should be covered with the ashy layer that lets you know when it's ready to use. At this point, you can dump it in your grill and get started!
The smaller portable grills and smaller grill lines like Everdure will ship via normal parcel post, but most grills ship on a pallet. The pallet shipment helps protect the grills even if some of them are technically light enough to ship using parcel post.
Pallet shipments will ship on LTL freight, so the shipping company will contact you to set up a delivery time. Once the shipment arrives, inspect your grill to make sure nothing was damaged or lost during transit. Don't sign off on the delivery until you do an inspection, because once you sign, the shipping company cannot be held liable for damages.
If you happen to notice anything amiss, contact the seller or manufacturer and they will help make things right.
Small kettle charcoal grill
Charcoal is hard to beat. And with so many options, there's bound to be a grill that works for you! Whether you're cooking for a crowd or want a stylish camping grill, we hope this article helped you get closer to finding that perfect grill.