Even when you’re grilling with the lid off, you need to think about the bottom vent. The more open it is, the more oxygen is supplied to the charcoal, which makes it burn hotter.
Adjust the airflow. – Most charcoal grills have vents on the bottom. Open the vents wide and you get more air and thus a hotter fire. Partially close the vents and you get less air and a cooler fire. Make sure the vents are open when you light your charcoal and set up the grill.
How to Use a Charcoal Grill Vent : Patio Grilling – YouTube
Do you keep the grill open or closed?
Open lid means searing – Foods thicker than ¾ of an inch, though, literally have more middle to cook. So, they can hold up to the heat chamber the lid creates, and in fact, the lid will help thicker cuts of meat or vegetables cook more evenly. You’ll avoid an undercooked center with an overly browned, crusty exterior.
Do you leave a charcoal grill open when done?
Coals can stay hot for up to 24 hours—even a little ember can cause a fire. Many people remove the cooking grate when they are done cooking. It is not absolutely crucial.
Should you close vents when grilling?
Because this exhaust is critical to how much air comes into the grill, the top vents are more important than you might think. Close them and, with a well-sealed grill, you’ll kill your fire. In most cases, it’s better to leave them open all the way and use the bottom vents to manage grill temperature.
Pulled Pork on a Charcoal Grill