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Adjusting the Temperature of a Charcoal Grill

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  • Steve B
    Club Member
    • Jun 2016
    • 2980
    • Rockland county New York
    • Lonestar Grillz 24x36 offset smoker, grill, w/ main chamber charcoal grate and 3 tel-tru thermometers - left, right and center
      Yoke Up custom charcoal basket and a Grill Wraps cover.

      22.5 copper kettle w/ SnS, DnG, BBQ vortex, gasket and stainless steel hinge kit.

      Napoleon gas grill (soon to go bye bye) rotting out.

      1 maverick et-733 digital thermometer - black
      1 maverick et-733 - gray
      1 new standard grilling remote digital thermometer
      1 thermoworks thermopen mk4 - red
      1 thermoworks thermopop - red

      Pre Miala flavor injector
      taylor digital scale
      TSM meat grinder
      chefs choice food slicer
      cuisinhart food processor
      food saver vacuum sealer
      TSM harvest food dehydrator

    Everyone here has given you great advice Bulldog As several have mentioned the
    Slow n Sear. This is, next to some good digital thermometers, the single most important tool for your kettle. Here’s the link.
    I hope it came through. 😁


    • Bulldog
      Club Member
      • Aug 2020
      • 20

      Gave myself some time before writing back.

      What I have come around to thinking is something I suspected even before my first cook: Grilling outdoors can't simply be a matter of "follow these three E-Z steps and you're guaranteed good results." If that was the case, how could there be barbecue competitions, if all you have to do is follow "three E-Z steps?" There's gotta be more to it. Clearly, there is.

      So maybe I started off with the wrong approach. On the other hand, if I hadn't gotten started with the wrong approach, I might not have found my way here. And what I found here are a group of terrific people - including those I have yet to meet - who have the gift of combining good advice with lots of patience, and those are two things that a newbie griller needs. So thank you all, not only for your advice, but for sticking with me.

      I'm looking forward to many adventures in grilling, including those 'aha' moments when I finally 'get it.' Thanks again for all the help you've provided. I truly appreciate it.


      I would like to ask about pre-heating my grill for the purpose of cleaning the cooking grate. Doesn't sound like a bad idea, but I'm open to other ideas.


      • jfmorris
        jfmorris commented
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        For cleaning the grate, what I sometimes do with my charcoal grills is AFTER the cook, open all vents wide, and let it use up the remaining charcoal to burn off the leftover food on the grate. This way, next cook at most you have a little brushing to do during pre-heat, and don't have to worry about getting hot to burn stuff off. If I remember too after dinner, I may go back and brush the grate while its still hot too.

        Ok - just saw that glitchy already gave you this same advice below....
        Last edited by jfmorris; August 12, 2020, 08:20 AM.

      • Ann-Marie in the backyard
        Ann-Marie in the backyard commented
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        Cooking is an art, and art doesn’t go just by 3 E-Z steps. You’re going to have a grand time becoming an artist in your own right!

      • JGo37
        JGo37 commented
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        And I use oil sprays made for grill grates, like the Weber Grill n Spray..
    • glitchy
      Club Member
      • Jul 2019
      • 607
      • Central IA
      • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
        w/ Big Joetisserie, SnS LP, and Vortex
        Weber SmokeFire EX4
        Weber Q1000
        Fireboard 2 Drive
        Anova Precision Sous Vide

      On my charcoal, I frequently open er up after cooking is done and burn off the coals to ‘clean’ the grill. It’s still usually hot after dinner, so I go back out and brush the grates good then. Then next cook a light brushing and or oiling during warmup works well. With a good brush, you can actually remove most stuff on a cold grate. I’m probably in the middle of the road camp for grate cleanliness. A few on here have grates that look like brand new every time they post a pic of food cooking.


      • klflowers
        Club Member
        • Sep 2015
        • 3249
        • Tennessee

        I am not going to offer advice as these peeps have it covered. Just going to say welcome, and this site will have you doing stuff you can’t imagine. I did a leg of lamb awhile back (shocked the heck out of myself), and recently a raccoon (yeah, you read that right) on my kettle. All thanks to the confidence AR gave me. Hang in with us. Pit master extraordinaire is in your near future.


        • fzxdoc
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 5085
          • My toys:
            Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
            Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
            Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill
            Weber Kettle Premium 22"
            Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
            Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range

            Adrenaline BBQ Company's SnS, DnG and Large Charcoal Basket for WSCGC
            Adrenaline BBQ Company's Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
            Adrenaline BBQ Company's SS Rack for DnG
            Grill Grate for SnS
            Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
            Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
            2 Grill Grate Griddles
            Steelmade Griddle for Summit gas grill

            Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
            Fireboard control unit in addition to that in the Extreme BBQ Package
            Additional Fireboard probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
            2 Fireboard Driver Cables
            Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
            Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
            Thermoworks Thermapen MK5 (pink)
            Thermoworks Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
            Thermoworks Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
            Thermoworks Extra Big and Loud Timer
            Thermoworks Timestick Trio
            Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
            Maverick ET 733
            Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

            Grill Pinz
            Vortex (two of them)

            Two Joule Sous Vide devices
            VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer
            Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
            Instant Pot 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
            Charcoal Companion TurboQue
            A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

            BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

            Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
            Shun Classic 6" Chef's Knife
            Shun Classic Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
            Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

          Bulldog -- On my charcoal grills, I clean much of the gunk off after the cook. As the charcoal continues to burn while we eat dinner, it will burn off some of the grate's gunk. Not all of it, though. After dinner you can scrape off all that you can on both sides of the grate. For me, that's not enough. Sometimes I put the grate in my gasser and let it do a good burn off. Other times I give the grate a good overnight soak with a biodegradable citric acid cleaner in a hot water heater pan and scrub it clean the next day.

          Hot water heater pan from Home Depot:

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          • fzxdoc
            fzxdoc commented
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            I can't take credit for the idea, ecowper .

            lonnie mac turned me on to this technique.


          • ecowper
            ecowper commented
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            Whoever came up with it, it’s awesome

          • JGo37
            JGo37 commented
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            I've got to agree, I thought 'duh!', then started looking at Lowes & HDepot...



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