Beer Can Chicken — Part One: How to Light a Grill

The little charcoal grill in our backyard has been taunting me for months! Somehow it knows I dream of summer.  Now that it’s mid-June and the clouds are beginning to let up, I can finally show that smug bastard a thing or two. First I have to learn how to operate it…

My roommate happens to own a fire starter device, which makes the process way easier.  Start with newspaper (crumpled up *loosely*)…

…and then apply about half-a-bag’s worth of charcoal briquettes:

Now FIRE!

After the firestarter works its magic, allowing the coals to get red hot, dump out the coals…

…keeping an eye out for any towering bursts of flame!  Now use a poke-y tool to distribute the coals as evenly as possible, and allow to smolder for a while.

Now we’re talking. Or, in this case, we’re grilling.

Come back next week for Part Two of Beer Can Chicken, in which we actually have a chicken! And a beer can.

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Thomas currently tutors Chinese, writes blog posts, and works in the non-profit sector.
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