Summer is halfway over, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to invest in a grill for the backyard. After talking to plenty of experts, it seems like a charcoal grill is the best way to go. Charcoal grills can create a perfect char, and with some practice, everyone can master this cooking technique. Building two cook zones is also something that can be easily done with a charcoal grill.
When it comes to grilling, it’s important to be strategic about where you place your coals. And of course, you’ll need to think about putting out your charcoal grill when you’re done cooking. Though it might seem like a small step, it’s definitely important.
“When cooking with fire, it’s important to be responsible for the fire from start to finish,” explains Christie Vanover, pitmaster and owner of Girls Can Grill. “If not, there is a risk of catching something else on fire.”
San Francisco’s 1851 fire was one of the worst disasters in US history. If you don’t want to risk a repeat in your neighborhood, it’s important to know how to put out a charcoal grill properly. Vanover offers some easy tips below to help make your next barbecue a success.
How To Put Out A Charcoal Grill With A Cover
As Vanover explains, you can easily extinguish your backyard charcoal grill fire by closing all its vents. This will cut off the oxygen supply and cause the coals to stop burning and eventually cool. Once they are cooled, you can scoop the ash and dispose of it in your trash can. However, if there are briquettes that haven’t completely burned, you can reuse them for your next cookout.
If you’re looking to spend extra time with your grill this weekend, Vanover says to follow these steps for the perfect sear. It’s important to note that this method takes several hours, so ensure you’re able to be close to the grill the entire time.
You’ll need a few things to keep your hands safe from the heat when closing vents. First, you’ll need a pair of heat-resistant gloves. These gloves are designed to protect your hands from the heat. They usually go up to your elbows and are slip-resistant and easy to clean.
Another tool you might want is a pair of RAPICCA BBQ Grill Gloves. These gloves look more functional than fashionable but are slip-resistant and easy to clean.
How To Put Out A Charcoal Grill Without A Cover
Grilling in a communal park or campsite? You might not have all the same conveniences as you would at home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a good meal. Vanover says you’ll want to put on your heat-resistant gloves, shovel your hot coals and transfer them to an aluminum trash can, and put a lid on it. “This will suffocate the fire. Place the can in an open space away from structures. Be careful; the trash can will remain hot for several hours.”
The Behrens trash can is perfect for impromptu grilling at the campsite. It can withstand high temperatures and is small enough to fit in the trunk of your car.
How To Put Out A Gas Grill
This is much easier than putting out a charcoal grill but just as necessary to do correctly. When you’re done cooking your food, keep the grill on with the lid open, and set a 5-minute timer. When the timer goes off, it’s time to clean your grill grate. Metal tongs and a ball of aluminum foil work perfectly fine.
To turn your grill off, rotate all the to the “off” position. You should hear a popping noise as the gas flow stops, and the flames should also disappear. After that, please turn off the gas tank by rotating it clockwise. If you have a grill cover, wait until it has cooled down before covering it.
When putting out a grill, it doesn’t matter what type of flame you’re working with – it will take some time and patience. Before you start cooking, it’s important to plan everything out from beginning to end. That way, you can walk away from your grill knowing everything is under control and extinguished.
Keep your hands away from the flames with this extra-long barbecue tool. The wood-handled stainless steel grill tool from Barebones Living will keep your hands cool while you’re cooking over a flame.