Create some serious summer sizzle with our step-by-step guide

If ‘spontaneous’ and ‘BBQ’ are two words that rarely work well together for you, here’s how to crack BBQ lighting the first time round.


You'll need:

  • Charcoal
  • Firelighters
  • A gas lighter
  • Some tasty food

1. Remove the top grill, then pile up the charcoal & firelighters in the centre of the BBQ

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Build BBQ

2. Light the firelighters (a gas lighter's easiest and will help prevent singed fingers)

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Light bbq

3. Let it burn for around 30 minutes until the charcoal has turned white

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4. Spread the white hot coals evenly around the BBQ

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Spread coals

5. Pour over a second layer of coal

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Add more coals

6. Close the lid and wait for 20 to 30 minutes

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Close lid

7. Carefully place the grill on top and get cooking!

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