Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

BBQ My Way

May 14, 2013

Dave answers your barbecue questions


I have an old charcoal grill that I love to use. (about 45 years old). The food is grilled to perfection. However, it is falling apart, my husband has fixed it a few times and  the worse thing to happen is he bought me a new charcoal grill and  I HATE it. I don't know how to use it. It is a little larger than my old grill (yes, I still have the old grill) and it gets really hot. I use the same amount of coals and lower the coals so they are 7-8 inches under the food. Any ideas to make this new grill work?

Or should I throw it out someplace and tell my husband it got stolen? Really, help. The food just does not taste as good. Thank you! Judi

Dave: Judi, I am impressed! At the risk of sounding a bit chauvinistic, it is great to chat with a female grilling enthusiast. Best I can say is that practice makes perfect. When I buy a new charcoal grill I tend to stick with Weber kettle, so the cooking times and processes do not change. Try reducing the charcoals and just keep practicing until you figure out the “ins and outs” of your new unit.


Dave Lobeck is a barbecue chef from Sellersburg, Ind., who writes a column for CNHI News Service. Visit his website at


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