How to: Light a Grill the Right Way

How to: Light a Grill the Right Way


I think a lot of people, when they use
lighter fluid, they want to douse
everything and they want a big flaming
inferno and they think that’s the only way to
get these things going. But that’s really not
the case, it’s kind of dangerous, it smells bad,
and it’s crazy. And I’ve actually
singed my beard before, which is not cool. How you doing,
my name is J Pereira. I’m your neighborhood
grill enthusiast. I’m gonna show you how to
properly light a charcoal grill without any lighter
fluid or any tricks or anything like that. First thing you want to
do is you want to get down below your charcoal
grate, so you get down to the bottom of
your grill here. So, I’m gonna take
a couple of sheets from the local paper. I like to wad them up,
not too tight, not too loose, just a
good ball around cuz you need some air flowing to
keep that stuff going. Now, I’m gonna create
another little pile of paper here on top. Add some twigs. You just wanna about
three or four inches, just some dry twigs
are fine around the yard. You don’t have to
be fancy about it. Today, we’re gonna
be using standard charcoal briquettes. I like to kind of
surround my fire with a good amount
of briquettes, kind of creating a little
bit of a pyramid, but you don’t wanna smother
it cuz you still wanna get some air in there. Once you get everything
in place, you want to light the paper that’s
underneath first. I like to light around
a couple spots, make sure you get
a good going. This is a pretty
healthy fire. It’s good to have
the flames come up above the charcoal
because then you know you’re definitely
getting good contact. Again, you just want a
couple of these things to start getting ignited,
start heating up, and once that happens, the
rest will follow suit. I don’t know the science
behind all this stuff, but I know that it works. So that’s science
enough for me. I think one of the
biggest mistakes a lot of people have, and why a
lot of people like to use lighter fluid is cuz
they don’t have patience. But even with lighter
fluid, it still takes 15, 20 minutes to get
these charcoals going. At this point you
can see we have really hot fire going
on right in the middle. This is where I’m going
to rearrange these guys. Some of these ones
on the outside that aren’t going as well. I’m going to
start putting them in the middle. Please use tongs or
something. A gloved hand. Don’t grab these things. I see some people
do some dumb shit. If you feel like
you’re gonna need more briquettes, now’s
a good time to actually add some, as well. That’s a hot ass
looking fire. It takes, generally,
about 20 minutes before you have a good
cook fire going. That’s when all
these briquettes are gray and ashy. No, we’re in
a good place here. This is gonna be a great
fire for cooking. Just gonna move
these guys aside, kind of divide it
down the middle. And put the top
grid back on. So there you go, that’s
how you properly start a charcoal grill with
no lighter fluid and just stuff you got
around the house. I just became
that guy like, whenever I went places, nobody knew how
to light a grill, nobody knew that shit, so I always ended up
going to parties, and the next thing you know, I’m just hanging out
by the fucking grill.

100 thoughts on “How to: Light a Grill the Right Way”

  1. It ain't rocket science. No patience is absolutely true. Grilling or bbqing is and should be a fun experience that brings a great time with family and friends. Don't complicate the shit. Good video and information man.

  2. So fuck is wrong wit youtube cuz we was talkin bout grillin today and we are about to do it and this is what i see on suggested from 3 years ago

  3. Leave the twigs & get your ass a chimney, you're cooking in 10 minutes 👍
    Twigs & paper are definitely a great alternative to nastyass lighter fluid though ☝

  4. Use Lighter Fluid. Don't rob the kids. Everyone has great memories of their dad or uncle showing off on high they can make the flames go. And you dont have to worry about an uneven burn. FOH!

  5. I prefer 89 octane non-ethanol unleaded…really gets the fire going fast and it burns much leaner than lighter fluid

  6. Used to light my charcoal this way. Then I started using a heat gun, charcoal is started in 2 mins and ready to cook on in 4 mins.

  7. …..no man. Paper ash all over your food? No man, no man. Grab a chimney and some fire starter wax. No mess of ashes anywheres….and you can enjoy your beer with confidence.
    Your welcome. 😎

  8. I don't get a newspaper delivered this the new age, if I light my coal with lighter fluid once it works just fine. 👌🤷🏽‍♂️👍

  9. I just use a charcoal chimney, paper underneath, light it and let that shit catch fire…coals ash over pour the chimney into the grill ass some more and then bam

  10. W0 min to get fire going 3 min before the bricks go out, his ass will be out their all day cookung your food, pass the lightet fluid.

  11. When I use newspaper, it just burns out immediately and leaves me with cold coals. They definitely added more between the jump cuts.

  12. Step 1- Light up a raw cone with dank sativa.
    Step 2- light up 2nd Raw cone with more sativa.
    Step 3- Tell yourself that you are not that high and that you are a caveman and lighting up this bbq ain't shit.
    Step 4- Tell yourself that you ain't tripping or dead.

  13. Mexican way. Pour all the charcoal in, light a match, some paper towels. A cardboard fan. Blow. Carne asada ready

  14. Excellent; I’m thinking to buy one like this but I wasn’t sure how it works- I have a poker day next week with 10 players. I’m cooking and sure after watching your useful clip, grilling too ! Thanks

  15. I can get it going but how to keep it hot is my issue with coals. I have a better result with natural wood.

  16. If you use lighter fluid is never gonna light it up, use gasoline and you will see whats good(caution, stay as far away as possible when you throw a match in there, the fire will be 10 feet tall)

  17. The BIGGEST advantage using his method is the food taste much better – no lighter fluid flavor. You could a Charcoal Chimney to do the same thing. https://www.acehardware.com/departments/outdoor-living/grills-and-smokers/charcoal-starters/8211369?x429=true&msclkid=c52e63664aca16f97cd33e7fa5d8e605&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Shopping%20-%20Grills&utm_term=4582145990864239&utm_content=Grills

  18. REAL MEN OF GEEEENIUUUUS!!
    TODAY WE CELEBRATE YOU "MR. HOWTOLIGHTABBQCHARCOALRIGHT!!!" 😂😂😂😂😂

  19. I’ve been using a charcoal grill for 20 years I build a small fire with wood to get the coals started. Charcoal is dirty but the taste beats gas any day.

  20. Why not invest in a chimney to light the charcoal You use newspaper in a ball and light that and in 20 mins it’s lit up !!!!🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  21. I need the story of how he lit his beard on fire. was this a “Now thats a fire” situation? i have questions.

  22. Stupid, slow, and ineffective way to light charcoal. I make a tight pile and squirt a moderate amount of lighter fluid on it, let it soak for 5 minutes or so and then light it, after the flame goes out it will be lit but wait until the coals get good and hot, then spread them out and cook. It isn't dangerous, it doesn't smell bad and it works great.

  23. The only thing you forgot was a cardboard fanner so you can blow all the paper ashes and twigs ashes out and only only keep charcoal ashes.

  24. I always use the fire starting charcoal grill thingy. But just like you, I use the tongs to move the charcoal around to build my fire. I find it relaxing to watch the charcoal build. After I start cooking corn tortillas and make them into chips. I find myself looking into the fridge to find stuff to grill, lol.

  25. Hey guy this is common sense shit. That's why lighter fluid was invented. You really think people are that fucking dumb. Come on dude. You can make better videos than that.

  26. Looks like pretty half ass shity lay out of the bricks. However, I do agree with the way of lighting is acceptable. 😁👌🏼
    Carry on.

  27. What do you mean by you should wait ? Didn’t get that. I am on YouTube I don’t want to wait, I need a hack !!

  28. 2:14 LMAO… "…see people doing some dumb shit" fuck… thank god for this guy… I was about to pick it up with my mouth…

  29. I usually find a pack of firelighters and a few cups of petrol, stand well back and then throw a match in. Lights every time. 😂😂😂😂

  30. I’m 28 and I can’t start a fire for shit! My tenants who are my in laws always grill so I don’t have to deal with it until they bought a house so I’m just starting to gril now, like this summer 2019. Did it twice and every time it always takes forever to get the fire going this video definitely help me. I place the newspaper on the bottom rack just like u did and woolah my fire kept going. Been going at it for 2 fricking hours already I used up half my lighter fluid it didn’t do shit I swear

  31. I see my problem, I'm a cheap ass…. See, thing is I just want to cook 1 steak….. Just one. So I use 5 or 6 of those charcoal…. I gotta add like 20 more just for it to work

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