HOW MUCH CHARCOAL SHOULD I USE? When working with charcoal, the basic rule is the more coal you use, the hotter your fire. A good rule of thumb is about 30 briquettes for smaller or portable grills and 50 to 75 briquettes for larger barrel and Kettleman grills. You’ll need more charcoal on cold, windy or rainy days.
How do I calculate how much charcoal I need?
So with that out of the way, the rule of thumb is that the ratio of BBQ charcoal to meat that you need is 1:1. So for every kilogram of meat, you will need a kilogram of briquette charcoal or 1.5 kilograms of hardwood lump.
How long do you let charcoal burn before cooking?
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.
How much charcoal do I need to smoke for 6 hours?
Since you won’t be smoking for as long, you won’t need as much charcoal; figure on using 1/2 to 3/4 of a chimney of briquettes or maybe 1/3- to 2/3-full for lump. Though we do recommend loading the smoker with more, as there’s nothing worse than having to top up part way through a cook.
How long does charcoal last in a grill?
Among them are wind, outside temperature, the thickness of your grill/smoker walls, and the type of fuel you use. Charcoal briquettes are usually formulated to burn for about 1 hour at a steady temperature, generally hotter than smoking temperatures.
Do you have to let charcoal burn before cooking?
Follow this tip: The grill needs to get good and hot before any food is added. After lighting the grill, cover it with the lid and let the charcoal heat up for at least 15 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when it looks gray and ashy.
How much charcoal do I need for 225?
Usually around five lit coals will get you up to 225-250°F. Spread unlit coals evenly on one side of the coal grate.
How much charcoal do I need to smoke for 10 hours?
For a low-and-slow cook at 250°F over 10 hours, follow these steps: Pour in 3/4 of a 7.7 lbs bag of unlit briquettes into your smoker. Make a hole in the middle like a donut. Light about 10-15 coals in a charcoal chimney.
How much charcoal do I need to smoke for 8 hours?
For an 8 hour smoking session, I can usually get by with 6 logs or so, give or take. Start your fire with coals, then just add the wood. Smoke at 225 or so for about 8 hours for a 9-10 lb brisket.