Disposable BBQs- The ultimate guide

It may suprise that disposable BBQs are widely used even by avid grill masters. There are some questions you may have such as how long do disposable BBQs last? What can you grill on a dispoable BBQ? and how best to use one? Well they’re all covered in this short guide.

You might be thinking what’s the point in them, well, a disposable BBQ is extremely convenient. They are very cheap, lightweight and easy to dispose after. How can you not love them?

How to use a disposable BBQ?

To use a disposable BBQ position on top of bricks or on a surface that will not burn i.e. off the grass. Some of them come with metal legs to raise the BBQ up.

Light the paper in the grill with matches or a lighter, sit back and wait for the charcoal to light and come up to temperature, which is usually around 20 minutes or so. The charcoal inside a disposable BBQ is treated for fast lighting so there will not be any need for any more paper or additives to get the grill to ignite.

You will know when the charcoal is fully lit as there will be no black charcoal remaining, instead it will all be grey and have a red glow under low light. At a minimum wait until one half of the charcoal in the tray has lit correctly before adding food directly over this lit charcoal.

Disposable BBQ’s are not suitable for an indirect style of cooking and are only used for direct grilling. You can shake all the charcoal to one side of the BBQ to get onw side very hot however no lid and short grilling times mean no low and slow meats.

How long do disposable BBQ’s last?

Disposable BBQ’s once lit will burn for approximately 1.5 hours. Once lit a disposable BBQ will only allow you to get approximately 1 – 1.15 hour of grilling time. After an hour the temperature of the grill starts to drop very quickly and cooking on the little remaining heat becomes very challenging.

Perfect amount of time if you are just casually grilling on the beach, in the park or just using as a backup option at home.

What can you grill on a disposable BBQ?

The possibilities are endless with what you can grill on a disposable BBQ. The Best meat and vegetables are the typical burger, sausages and kebab BBQs.

Very thin slices of meat like bacon and certain cuts of steak grill perfectly on a disposable BBQ. Due to the high heat and short cooking times I wouldn’t recommend trying to grill big chunks of meat like tomahawks steaks or even big cuts of pork.

To get the best out of a disposable grill, use marinated meat that has short grilling times. This can take some prep work and knowing you intend on using a disposable BBQ at which point it may well be worth investing on bespoke portable BBQ.

Disposing of throw away grills

Disposable grills are safe to throw away in normal bins however it is extremely important they are fully cooled before disposing of. Usually, a disposable BBQ will take about an hour after using before all the remaining charcoal has burnt away to dust.

The best way to ensure there are no remaining lit embers is to carefully poor water over the grill, do this away from people because the grilling grates may still be hot and spit water. Leave submerged in water for 10 minutes or so, poor away the water and the grill should be safe to dispose of.

It is your responsibility to ensure it is cold and no lit embers remain before you dispose of, Disposable BBQ charcoal is no different to any ordinary charcoal in that any remaining embers will re-ignite given fresh fuel and air so do not dispose of while hot or ignited, even after covering in water.

Final thoughts

Disposable BBQs are fun and easy to use. They are an obvious choice for casual and experience BBQ enthusiasts, as the only thing that’s required is the food, matches and a set of grilling tongs. Hopefully you should understand how long do disposable BBQs last, and a quick plan over what you intend on grilling will get you the best out of a throw away grill.