When should you start cooking on charcoal?

How long before cooking should I start charcoal before?

Depending on how much charcoal you’re lighting, make sure to set 15-20 minutes aside to let your charcoal properly heat up before pouring it into the base of your grill.

Should I put the lid on my charcoal grill?

Remember this basic rule of thumb: If you’re cooking on a gas grill, opening the lid will make it cooler. If you’re cooking on a charcoal grill, opening the lid will make it hotter.

Should I close the lid on my BBQ when lighting?

Just remember to keep your grill lid off while your coals are being lit because the more air flow the better. If you close the lid during this lighting process, you will kill the fire and have to start over.

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