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Charcoal Grill Setup

Step 1

If you are using wood chips, soak them first in water for at least 30 minutes so that they smolder and smoke slowly rather than flame up.

Step 2

Dump the charcoal on one side of the charcoal grate. A charcoal basket holds the coals together in a compact bunch and slows down the burning. Tap the edge of the basket with tongs every hour or so to knock the ashes through the basket holes.

Step 3

Drain some wood chips and lay them right on the coals. Replenish them after the first hour of cooking, ideally when you replenish the coals, too.