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Indirect Cooking

57cm Kettle Charcoal Barbecue Setup

The Indirect Cooking Method

Indirect cooking is the cooking method that transforms your barbecue into an oven, where convection heat is used to roast or bake. The food is placed on the cooking grill with fire either side, evenly cooking the food with indirect heat.

Preparing the Barbecue for Indirect Cooking

Charcoal Indirect 1

Open the top and bottom vents on the barbecue, and remove the lid. Place 4 firelighters (2 on each side) in the cavities provided in your charcoal ‘V’ grate. Place the char-baskets™ on the charcoal grate and fill them with the required number of briquettes. (For quantities, see table below).

Charcoal Indirect 2

Light the firelighters and using a pair of tongs, move the filled char-baskets over the firelighters. Make sure that all of the firelighters are burning well before leaving the barbecue as sometimes a strong wind can blow them out if they are not burning well.

Charcoal Indirect 3

The barbecue may now be left until the briquettes are ready to cook. It will take about 25-30 minutes for the fire to establish itself. During this time, make sure that the lid is left off the barbecue and all vents are open. This allows more oxygen to reach the briquettes which helps establish the fire faster. Once the briquettes have mostly ashed over, you can move the char-baskets to the rim of the charcoal grate, and place a drip pan between them.

Charcoal Indirect With Food 1

Place the cooking grill on the barbecue with the grill handles directly over the fires. The hinged sides are to facilitate the addition of either smoking wood chunks or, should the need arise, extra barbecue fuel.

Place the lid on the barbecue. Let the cooking grill preheat for 5 minutes, then brush it clean. Now place your food in the centre of the cooking grill, in between the fires. For best results when cooking, keep the lid on the barbecue as much as possible.

Fuel Quantities


Weber® BBQ Briquette Quantities (per basket)

High Heat22 - 24 briquettes
Medium Heat18 - 20 briquettes
Medium Low Heat14 -16 briquettes
Low Heat8 -10 briquettes


The temperature of an indirect cooking fire is determined by the amount of fuel used. In a 57cm (22.”) barbecue kettle, these temperatures are achieved by using the above barbecue briquette quantities.


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