When is charcoal ready to cook? The fire from the cubes will begin burning the charcoal and the flames will grow upwards from there. Depending on weather conditions, in about 10 to 15 minutes the coals should be sufficiently lit to pour into the grill. You’ll know the coals are ready when the ones on top have started to turn a bit gray with ash.
What is healthier, gas or charcoal grill? In one study by scientists, charcoal-grilled meats contained more carcinogens called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) than meat heated with propane. When fat drips from meat, the fat burns and creates PAH-infused smoke, which coats what you’re cooking. And charcoal makes more smoke than gas does.