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BBQ Starters

Cooking outside over a grill is one of my favorite summer pleasures. But getting that perfect fire going can be incredibly frustrating. Try to avoid petroleum starters – they can add unwanted flavors to your food.  For hard-pressed charcoal briquettes, I prefer the electric type of starter. It’s essentially a loop of high resistance metal that gets red-hot and starts the coals with direct contact.  One of these gizmos will cost you around $20. The chimney-style device costs about the same. You simply stuff bunched-up newspaper in the bottom and put the coals in the top. The paper is lit with a match and the whole device set on the grill. The best of these is the WEBER Chimney Starter. Whichever method you choose, remember: safety first.

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