Who doesn't love a charcoal BBQ right? Charcoal Barbequing in Australia has come a long way in the last 5-10 years, with many people realising that nothing quite beats the smoky flavour of a steak barbecued over mallee root lump charcoal.
Nowadays, so many customers come into our store that already own 3 or 4 charcoal BBQs, all for different purposes. Whether it's a kettle, spit roaster (big, small, portable) or charcoal smoker, they all have a place in the average Australian’s backyard.
Gone are the days when charcoal BBQs played second fiddle to their gas BBQ cousins because of the perceived difficulty of use. There are so many gadgets for lighting charcoal that in 10-15 minutes your grill can be hot and you'll be cooking.
Need a hand choosing which charcoal BBQ is right for you? Or do you need some hints and tips for lighting lump charcoal quickly and easily every time? No problem! Give one of our charcoal-cooking experts a call and let’s talk charcoal BBQs! Pickup is available from our Sydney and Melbourne showrooms or we can ship it to you anywhere in Australia.
The Ultimate Guide to Charcoal BBQs: Everything You Need to Know
If you're looking for the perfect outdoor cooking experience, a charcoal BBQ is the way to go! These grills offer great flavour and versatility and can be used for everything from burgers and hot dogs to steaks and chicken. In this buyer's guide, we'll discuss everything you need to know about charcoal BBQs. We'll cover what they are, how they work, what type of food you can cook on them, and more! So if you're ready to start cooking outdoors, read on!
What is a Charcoal BBQ?
A charcoal BBQ, also known as a kettle grill or charcoal grill, is a type of grill that uses charcoal as its fuel source. These grills are typically made of metal and feature a bowl-shaped design with a lid. Charcoal BBQs can be used for both cooking and smoking, and offer great flavour due to the smoky taste imparted by the charcoal.
How Do Charcoal BBQs Work?
Charcoal BBQs work by heating up charcoal until it becomes hot enough to cook with. The hot coals are then placed on the bottom of the grill, where they will heat up the food placed on top. In order to control the temperature, airflow is important. The vents on the bottom of the grill allow air to flow in, which in turn allows oxygen to reach the coals and keep them burning. The vents on the top of the grill allow heat and smoke to escape. By regulating the airflow, you can control how hot your grill gets, and thus how quickly your food cooks.
What Type of Food Can You Cook on a Charcoal BBQ?
Almost anything! Charcoal grills are great for cooking all sorts of meats, vegetables, and even fruit. Due to their smoky flavour, they're especially well-suited for cooking steak, chicken, and pork. However, you can really cook anything on a charcoal grill that you would cook on a gas or electric grill. So get creative and experiment with different recipes!
Why Should I Buy a Charcoal BBQ?
Charcoal BBQs offer a number of advantages over other types of grills. First, they're very versatile and can be used for both cooking and smoking. Second, they impart a great smoky flavour to food that is unparalleled by other grill types. Finally, charcoal grills are relatively inexpensive, making them a great option for budget-minded shoppers.
What Are the Best Charcoal BBQs?
There are a few things to look for when shopping for a charcoal BBQ. First, consider the size of the grill. If you plan on cooking for large groups of people, you'll need a larger grill. Second, think about the features you want. Some charcoal grills come with side shelves, storage baskets, and other accessories that can be helpful. Finally, make sure to read reviews before making your purchase. This will help you find a quality grill that suits your needs.
Now that you know everything there is to know about charcoal BBQs, it's time to start shopping! Be sure to keep the information in this guide in mind as you shop, and you're sure to find the perfect grill for your outdoor cooking needs. Happy grilling!
Charcoal BBQ FAQs
The best charcoal for BBQ is hardwood lump charcoal. We highly recommend Flaming Coals Lump charcoal.
A charcoal grill is a type of grill that uses charcoal as the fuel source. Charcoal grills are generally less expensive than gas grills, and they can reach higher temperatures, making them ideal for cooking food quickly. Charcoal grills also tend to impart a smoky flavour to food, which some people prefer. In addition to grilling, charcoal grills can also be used for charcoal BBQing and Spit Rotisseries. BBQing involves cooking food slowly over low heat, while Spit Rotisseries involves cooking food on a rotating skewer. Both methods can produce delicious results, making a charcoal grill a versatile and popular choice for outdoor cooking.
Kettle BBQs have been around for centuries, and their popularity is only increasing. That’s because they offer a unique cooking experience that can’t be replicated with other types of grills. For one thing, the shape of the kettle provides even heat distribution, meaning that food will be cooked evenly all the way through. Additionally, charcoal adds a distinct flavour to the food that can’t be achieved with gas or electric grills. And finally, many people simply enjoy the tradition and ritual of cooking on a charcoal grill. There’s something about the smell of wood Smoke and the sound of sizzling meat that just feels like summertime. So if you’re looking for an authentic BBQ experience, a kettle grill is the way to go.
People use charcoal grills for the experience - the taste it delivers to the food that can’t be replicated on gas. It’s quicker and more authentic. Charcoal cooking is a passion and once you try charcoal cooking, you’ll never go back.
We highly recommend the SnS Travel Kettle or the Flaming Coals Mini Spit Roaster as two of the best portable charcoal BBQs.
If you are looking for great methods to get your bbq lit - follow this link to our blog on lighting bbq methods.
No - they are actually quite simple. Okay, so there is a little learning curve to master a charcoal BBQ, however charcoal BBQs are not difficult to use.
While owning a charcoal chimney isn’t necessary to start a BBQ, we highly recommend them as they help to speed up the lighting process of your charcoal BBQ.
A charcoal starter is a small cube of compressed wood or a product with some sort of accelerant to assist lighting your charcoal. We highly recommend an all natural product.
Yes, you absolutely can get a rotisserie for your charcoal BBQ, we even sell rotisseries for Weber Kettle BBQs.
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