How to bbq chicken on a charcoal grill

bbq chicken charcoal grill

Barbecue chicken is one of the dishes that is liked by people all over the world. It is that one dish that is cooked on every special occasion in fact, any event not having this dish is not even considered an event at all! That’s how much a chicken can mean to you.Lets see How to bbq chicken on a charcoal grill.

Charcoal grills use natural pieces of charcoal or charcoal briquettes as their primary fuel source. When set on fire the charcoal transfers into a continuous source of radiating heat, the heat is then used to cook the food. The correct amount and even type of charcoal should be taken in consideration always.

Beef, fish and chicken are the usual items that are grilled used this charcoal grill, but chicken is always the one item that stands out the most being the forever classic. Chicken seasoned with the best of the spices and sauces and then grilled over low heat and slowly makes it get the best crispy and juicy taste that has made us go gaga over it. Are you drooling already too?

Every household has that one secret recipe for this finger licking dish, but even if you’re a beginner and you have no idea how to use a charcoal grill, so just keep on reading and you’ll know how to use one!

  1. Pick out a charcoal grill:

There are three types of charcoal grills. These are kettle grill, barrel grill and ceramic grill. If you are new to the grilling world, kettle grill will be the best option for now as it is the least expensive and smallest type of charcoal grill. provides every information about charcoal grills must read reviews before buying the grill and do not do the decision in hurry must do proper and deep research.

  1. Tools and Materials you’ll be needing:

First and foremost, get your chicken ready! Next, having a charcoal chimney and food thermometer but they are completely optional. You’ll need a grill cover and of course gloves. Get stainless wire brushes and spatulas, of course small lumps of coal and newspaper.

  1. You can readjust your coal pieces:

If you feel like the temperature is low and the recipe needs a little more heat, you can always readjust the coal lumps according to your preferences. As charcoal also acts as the overall bbqtemperature controller. Not many know this, but charcoal responds to according to the level of oxygen it is provided. You can easily control the heat on your grill.

  1. Fill the grill with charcoal lumps:

Add the pieces of charcoal in the grill’s reservoir; the amount of charcoal that is to be added depends on amount of chicken and the size of the grill. Spread a layer of charcoal, it must be a few inches thick.

  1. Clean the grates and adjust your coal:

Use the fire poker to keep your charcoal burning from all sides. Those pieces that haven’t yet been burned move them across by using the fire poker. You can always add more charcoal if you feel like the layer you have put is not enough to generate good heat. Clean the grates of the grill using the stainless steel wire grill brush to scrape away the previous grill sessions remnants. Clean length wise to get better results.

  1. Adjust and monitor the vents:

If your charcoal grill comes with lids, then close the top vents but keep the bottom vents open. This will allow the smoke to slowly fill in, get collected over the grill and obtain that overall barbecue taste of the chicken. Monitor the temperature and only aim to keep it around 300 F to

400 F.

  1. After the grill has gotten pre-heated:

Place the chicken on the cooking grate that is placed over the grates, close the lid of the grill and make sure the bottom vents are still open and top vents are closed, and set a timer. Keep the lid closed until the timer goes off. Once you hear the beep, remove the lid and flip your chicken by using tongs and of course gloves too. If the surface of the chicken is nice golden brown then it means that the other pieces are also ready for flipping. Put the lid back on and wait. Use the

food thermometer to test the temperature of the chicken.


Cooking is all about making mistakes and having fun while making them! Don’t be nervous when something goes wrong and don’t forget to grill some vegetables along with that juicy chicken to get the most out of your barbecue experience! Let the chicken cool for five to ten minutes before serving it.


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