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Bob’s Trick to Build a Fire Without Fuel

April 17th, 2010 No Comments

Getting the fire going is half the battle of grilling.  Most people just use lighter fluid to expedite the process, but who really wants their meat smoked with alcohol fumes.  Not exactly the flavor we’re looking for.

So Bob has adopted a little Mexican trick to get his grill going I think you might like.  The first part is the only new part to the process, but I’ll go through the whole thing for those of you who have no idea how to light a grill that isn’t gas (that would be yours truly.)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Old school grill
  • Charcoal
  • Paper towels
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Patience

First –

Wad up some paper towels and pour on some of the vegetable oil.  Then you’re going to surround the towel in charcoal and set the towels on fire.

Once you’ve got a good flame going, cover the towel with more coals and put the cover on the grill.


Let that sit for a while and wait until the coal is white and glowing hot.

Then add more coals and stir.  Yes, you could burn yourself severely, but if you’re dedicated to grilling like most men, that risk really shouldn’t deter you from going in without gloves or sleeves. If you can still use your hands, cover the grill again for about 10 minutes.

Now it’s time to get those breasts on the barbie, cover, and cook to perfection.

I always suggest using meat with the skin and bones still on so that it stays juicy, but that’s up to you.

Happy grilling!

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