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    Charcoal, ready to start, but never grilled before, help

    DD in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
    Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:29 pm
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    It's hit 78 degrees in Southwest Michigan, USA. It's time to grill (once I know what I'm doing I may consider lower temps icon_rolleyes.gif
    I have fond memories of Dad grilling on charcoal. I want to learn. My XMAS list this past year was fulfilled, I am now the proud owner of a Smokey Joe and a Weber's Way to Grill cookbook. icon_biggrin.gif
    Before I give this a try, let's hear your best success or horror stories and any must know knowledge before I try icon_eek.gif to light this little grill for the first time!!
    I'm sure my family thanks you in advance ( I do too!!!)
    Paymaster
    Fri May 03, 2013 8:06 am
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    I used a charcoal chimney to fire the Weber I had. Just put in the charcoal you think you need and crumple some news paper and place under the chimney and light the paper. Outside on the gound of course. Let the chimney sit until all the coals are hot, dump into the grill and place the grate over them and go to grillin.
    Red Apple Guy
    Fri May 03, 2013 11:16 am
    Forum Host
    Hey DD,
    I'm a Weber fan. A Smokey Joe is a great way to grill for a small number of folks.
    A chimney is my favorite way to light the charcoal, but you won't get arrested for using lighter fluid or quick-lite charcoal.
    I'd recommend a video or two before you light up. There are a bunch of them out there. Folks love their Smokey Joes.

    Red
    threeovens
    Thu May 30, 2013 12:17 am
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    Nothing tastes as good as charcoal. You can use wood chips to add flavor.

    Marinating your meat beforehand lessens the carcinogenic factor. For barbecuing, fat is good, it moistens the meat.
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