8. The Indirect Method Solves several potential problems: Large or tough foods have time to cook through without burning. Fatty foods don't cause flare-ups. And because you measure the cooking time in hours, you don't have to worry about split-second timing. To set up a charcoal grill for indirect grilling, light the coals (ideally, lump charcoal) in a chimney starter and dump or rake them into two mounds at opposing sides of the grill.
No matter what recipe you’re grilling up, it starts with the right charcoal arrangement. Whether you’re cooking chicken, pork, ribs or vegetables, there’s a right way and a wrong way to prep your grill or smoker. The good news is that learning tastes delicious.