True aficionados of barbecue whether it is beef or pork always agree that charcoal barbecue grills are the best of breed. Some folks swear they can taste the gas in the finished product. The first ingredient of true barbecue is charcoal and something to burn it in like an outdoor grill or charcoal smoker.
Charcoal used in cooking has been around for about five thousand years. Today there are many different makes of charcoal barbecue grills however they are all designed similarly. Start your charcoal with a starter stick or use a chimney. Airflow from the bottom of the unit flows through the charcoal, feeding the fire and exits upward through an open grill or vents in the lid if the lid is shut. Your food is cooked above a flame on a grill, which is a grid of welded steel rods.
Consumer Charcoal Barbecue Grills
There are two classes of charcoal barbecue grills; consumer and professional. S ome different designs for charcoal grills are the famous Weber kettle grill, the ceramic grill or kamado style cooker, charcoal smokers and pro styled grills with offset smoke boxes. Some grills have gas powered starters for the charcoal. The kamado style cookers can be used to grill, smoke or even bake in with additional accessories. The pro styled grills and commercial charcoal smokers have more space for cooking for larger groups of people.
Professional Charcoal Barbecue Grills
The professional charcoal barbecue grills come in all types of sizes and shapes. The pros will make a grill out of anything. Brad Orrison from Mississippi has a grill made out of an old Woody station wagon. Professionals need the grill space to cook for an army, if they are catering, or cook a whole hog or two if competing. The grill must deliver the fire power to be on time in either situation. Professional grills burn wood and charcoal with gas ignitions. A grill large enough to handle whole hog will be on a trailer for towing. You can get sinks, fryers, water systems or just about anything you want put on these. Check out the Klose BBQ Pits from Texas.
No matter how big or bad your charcoal barbecue grill or pit is cooking and smoking food is all the same. You can do just as good on your food on a small charcoal cooking grill as you can on a big pro unit. Just like anything else you get good by practicing.