Category: Grilling

Ultimate Charcoal Grill – Grilling Season Is Here

Ultimate Charcoal Grill – Grilling Season Is Here

Grilling season has arrived and this year you need to forget gas and upgrade to the ultimate charcoal grill, the Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill. I took the plunge last season and looking back this is one of the best purchases I made all year. Grilling for me used to be a fairly mindless and often rushed process with my gas grill. Now it is a weekly, relaxing experience that I enjoy, often with an ice cold beer.

Why I Love Using A Charcoal Grill

I’m not sure I can pinpoint exactly why I enjoy grilling with charcoal… Maybe it’s the smells from the coals lighting up or water soaked wood chips making sweet hickory smoke. My usual flow is to put a beer in the freezer or open a bottle of wine before heading outside and starting the coals in the chimney starter. A few minutes later I’ll have a glass in my hand and a pile of coals ready to heat the grill. What I do know, is there is something about the process of cooking with charcoal that I find relaxing and rewarding.

Why The Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill

There are plenty of options out there for charcoal grills but here is why I think the Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill is the best.

  • Reasonably priced, usually can be found on Amazon for under $149
  • Built-in temperature gauge
  • Easy ash catcher
  • Super quick to assemble
  • Swing grill grates to easily add more charcoal for longer grilling sessions
  • Simple
  • High-quality materials/construction

Charcoal Grilling Tips

There can be a bit of a learning curve when first switching from a gas to a charcoal grill, here are a few tips to help make that transition smoother.

  • Invest in a chimney starter, save those matchlight coals for camping
  • Allow yourself enough time to not feel rushed
  • Start with the basics – hotdogs, hamburgers, kabobs
  • Don’t skimp on the amount of coal you use – generally, I fill my chimney starter to the top with charcoal
  • Protect your grill with a grill cover
  • As you get more advanced experiment with woodchips – I like hickory and mesquite