Briquettes are a condensed form of fine wood particles, sawdust, or charcoal which is generally used as fuel for cooking purposes. The term is derived from French language “brique” which literally means brick in English. Charcoal briquettes are among the most preferred briquettes as they are more heat resistant and act as a perfect fuel for grilling and smoking of food items.
Why would anyone use charcoal bricks as fuel when there are ample of crushed and powdered versions of coal available in the market? Charcoal briquettes are not just charcoal but they are prepared from a mixture of coal, char, lime, nitrates, starch, and much more which is enough to maintain the flame and for giving a deep nice flavor to your meat, fishes, chicken or any other smoked or grilled food item.
Susan, a 35-year-old friend of mine was happily cooking her meat in her house when I luckily visited them to have a drink with her husband Steve as usual.
She treated me with some grilled stuff which went great with the hot rocks and the meat fuelled my hunger even without having a sip of the drink.
The beef pieces were so dainty, simmering and perfectly cooked that I had to ask her the source of such unique and crispy flavor. When Susan showed me this I was like, come-on Sush don’t tell me that a simple block of charcoal is your secret. She told me that it is not just any ordinary piece of charcoal but a charcoal lump made from hardwood char of Oaktree that adds a distinctive flavor to the cooked meat.
Impressed with her cooking style and smartness, I’m sharing a couple of her secrets with my readers so that they don’t miss the trick.
- 1 Royal Oak 195228071 Lump Charcoal: Smells nice tastes better!
- 2 Royal Oak 195228017 Lump Charcoal, 1/17.6-Pound – For every type of grilled and smoked food!
- 3 User’s Guide
Royal Oak 195228071 Lump Charcoal: Smells nice tastes better!
I tried these briquettes with my charcoal smoker and felt the difference as the cooked meat smelt wonderfully rustic and out of this world.
The charcoal lumps of Royal Oak are made from pure hardwood char and do not contain any other ingredients or additives. Therefore, you are able to experience a natural taste which is intangible to achieve with your regular charcoal lumps.
These charcoal lumps burn quickly and do not generate much ash as well. This helps you to keep your cooking apparatus clean and hygienic.
- Product dimensions – 6.5 * 10 * 21 inches
- Weight – 9 pounds
I’m very satisfied with these charcoal briquettes as they produce rich smoke and allow us to cook at higher temperatures with ease. The taste of the smoked or grilled food is unrivaled and cannot be matched with anything!
Go for these charcoal briquettes as they are easy-to-control, impart a flawless flavor and are reasonably priced.
Royal Oak 195228017 Lump Charcoal, 1/17.6-Pound – For every type of grilled and smoked food!
Another set of charcoal briquettes from Royal Oak which is ideal for effortless cooking of huge chunks of meat.
I found this variation from the store that I used to purchase the earlier mentioned pack of briquettes. After enquiring at their customer helpdesk I came to know that these lumps are manufactured to be denser in order to assist prolonged sessions of cooking.
These charcoal briquettes are heavy and perfect for lending a classic taste for your roasted meat, smoked fishes, and poultry dishes.
These lumps can hold on the fire and smoke for a long time which is perfect for cooking the meat pieces that yield very slowly.
- Product Dimensions – 6.5 * 15 * 27 inches
- Weight – 18.6 pounds
Start cooking with these amazing charcoal briquettes and feel the difference instantly. What to do with the additional coal waste? Use it to kindle a fireplace or to get rid of the awful smell from your bathrooms or toilet rooms.
Ever thought of inviting friends over a barbeque party? Buy these packs of charcoal lumps, invite your friends and boost your cooking skills.
Briquettes are a denser form of charcoal pieces since they are infused with different ingredients. These briquettes are more suitable for extensive cooking and smoking sessions as they are more heat-resistant and less volatile than your ordinary charcoal. However, there are few things which you must consider before buying these charcoal lumps or briquettes as well.
Those features are:
Look for the briquettes that are uniformly sized in order to get more consistency and evenness in your cooking style.
Enriched with wood
Charcoal briquettes that consist of only hardwood char are more preferable since they get you a unique and incomparable taste which is second to none. Other ingredients such as mint, lime, starch, etc, might sound interesting but they can affect the tenderness and richness of the grilled food item or meat.
Burn fast smoke slow
Briquettes that burn quickly are always helpful but you must also check the smoke. Lumps that send out gushing fumes of smoke can deteriorate the flavor and taste of your cooked item.
Now that you have got some really nice charcoal briquettes for cooking, don’t forget to invite me for a pre-dinner party with barbeque and ………hope you are getting the cue!