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Can anyone direct me to a good source of general info about bbqing with charcoal? I was just given a selfstarting weber charcoal bbq.

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David added 8 months ago

I've found this website to be of great value. The recipes are top-notch and there is lots of discussion on technique.

Dylan,Provencher added 8 months ago

Thanks! The bbq I have is propane starting. I am finding it is a bit of a rare breed.

sexyLAMBCHOPx added 8 months ago

great site!


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added 8 months ago

THE BARBECUE! BIBLE by Steve Raichlen is just what the name suggests. SEVEN FIRES (I can't remember the author) describes the Argentine methods---and they are the absolute masters at cooking over wood.
Weber also has a number of publications of their own so you might want to check their website.
Whichever source you select be sure to use real lump charcoal, sometimes called cowboy charcoal. You can combine that with other woods for additional flavor e.g. hickory, cherry even wine barrel staves.

jmburns added 8 months ago

Francis Melman.

irinaleibo added 8 months ago

Royal Oak is the lump charcoal we use. Seems to be the most common. Makes a huge difference.
Love grilling!


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added 8 months ago

If Royal Oak actually is all oak charcoal this is indeed worth seeking out. Some brands use a combination of woods but don't tell you which ones.

miss jane added 8 months ago

Steven Raichlen's books are great sources and his "How to Grill" is excellent for beginners. Also Barton Seaver's "Where There's Smoke"

Summer of Eggplant added 8 months ago

I'd also like to cast a vote for Steve Raichlen. I used his Barbecue USA to hone my basic skills.


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added 8 months ago

There was an excellent grilling primer here on food52 earlier this grilling season. Have you checked into that?

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