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How To Choose Equipment & Tools

Welcome to BBQ 101! Char-Griller and Kingsford have teamed up with Susie from Hey Grill Hey, and each week we’re going to go through the basics of barbecue to help you become a backyard barbecue pro in no time.

This week we're going to talk about the necessary equipment to have on hand as you’re getting started.

First, you'll need to make sure you pick the right grill for your backyard. There are a bunch of options out there, so do your research, it’ll be important to consider how hands on you want to be with the grilling or smoking process and what type of fuel you prefer.

Today I’m using the Char-Griller Smokin’ Champ. This grill has cast-iron grates, an adjustable charcoal tray, included side fire box for off-set smoking, and dual damper controls making it ideal for any backyard pitmaster.  

I’m pairing the Smokin’ Champ with Kingsford Original Charcoal. Kingsford charcoal gives your food incredible smokey flavor and provides consistent burn time.

To add additional smoke or flavor to your cook, you’ll need high quality wood chips or chunks.

To start your fire, you’ll need fire starters or a charcoal chimney on hand.

To protect your hands from the heat while managing hot coals, be sure you have gloves. Always make sure you are using grill safe and heat resistant gloves.

The Smokin' Champ has a built-in thermometer to help you make sure you are maintaining your desired cooking temperature inside your grill.

You’ll also need a thermometer to check the internal temperature of your food. You can use an analog probe thermometer, a remote digital one, or a wireless thermometer to check the temperature from a distance.

Before you put anything on the grill, you’ll want to be sure you have grilling utensils on hand. You can use the spatula to flip or flatten food you’re cooking, the grilling fork to flip or transfer food, and the tongs to move charcoal or food.

When it is time for clean-up, a grill brush is a must. A sturdy grill brush goes a long way in keeping your grates clean and ready for the next cook.

A seasoning oil is also a crucial addition to your grilling arsenal. You can use vegetable oil or your preferred type of oil or a cast iron conditioner to keep your grill grates seasoned and protected. You can drip some paper towels into the oil and then lightly brush them across the top of the grates.

With the right grill, the right fuel, and a couple of simple tools, you are well on your way to making better backyard barbecue.