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How to Light a Charcoal Fire for a Barbecue

Learn how to light a charcoal fire properly from Pork Barrel BBQ pitmasters Heath Hall and Brett Thompson in this Howcast video.


Today we're going to talk about how to light the charcoal grill, one of the most fundamental aspects of barbecue. We've got an easy way to do it that ensures that you're able to cook in 15 minutes, ready to go, which is really important when you're hungry for barbecue. So, the most important tool of how to light a charcoal grill is a charcoal chimney. Now, the chimney is great because you don't have to use any kind of lighter fluid. The way it works is you take a little bit of leftover newspaper, you put it in the bottom, put your charcoal on top, and in about 15 minutes you have food to go. So, we're going to go ahead and do that now: paper underneath, take your favorite charcoal; dump it in. Now, I like to fill it all the way to the top. You can just put it into your Weber kettle and then you just go ahead and light the paper underneath. In about 15 minutes, you'll have perfectly lit charcoal. That's all it is. That's all it takes for great barbecue.

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