BBQ charcoal bags are great for an easy approach to getting a BBQ started without the need for a charcoal chimney or firelighters. They take the fuss out of getting a charcoal BBQ to the cooking stage.
BBQ charcoal bags aren’t for everyone or for every occasion, but most experienced BBQ pit masters will still use them when a less hands on approach is required to starting a charcoal barbecue. In-experienced charcoal BBQ users may also like to to use/try these as next to no skill is required to start a BBQ with charcoal bags.
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Big K Instant Light Lumpwood Charcoal 4 x 1kg Bags
Feature of Big K Instant Light Charcoal
- Charcoal impregnated with lighter fluid for fast lighting
- 4 x 1kg dust proof charcoal bags
- Extremely easy to use
- Ready to use in 20 minutes
Big K is one of the largest charcoal suppliers there is, and their instant light BBQ charcoal bags do not disappoint. Big K Instant light BBQ charcoal bags are exactly the quality you would expect from a company like Big K.
High-quality charcoal packed into 4 bags, means you have enough for you guessed it 4 BBQs per large bag. Which makes this one of the best value for money.
Very easy to use, simply light the bag, sit back and relax for 20 minutes while that charcoal ignites.
Bar-Be-Quick Instant Light Lumpwood Charcoal
Bar-Be-Quick Instant Light Charcoal Bag Features
- 10 individual 1.35kg bags
- 20 minutes start time
- Up to 90 minute burning time
Exactly as the name says very quick to start, light the bag and wait 20 minutes before adding any food to your BBQ.
Bar-Be-Quick Instant Light Lumpwood Charcoal has an added lighting agent to ensure lighting first time, every time.
It is recommended that you use 1 bag per 17″ of cooking space, 1 bag is enough in your normal 22″ kettle BBQ by having a direct and indirect cooking area.
Supagrill Instant Light Lumpwood Charcoal
Features of Supagrill Instant Light Charcoal Bags
- 4 x 850g instant light bags
- Good heat output
- Easy to store
- Great for a small BBQ
As simple as all instant light BBQ charcoal bags to get going, light the corner of the bag with a match and wait for around 20 minutes. The bag is soaked in lighting fluid for easy starting.
FSC Certified charcoal, means the wood is sourced from managed forests before being manufactured in to charcoal.
Is there such thing as easy light charcoal?
You bet there is. Easy light BBQ charcoal bags contains additives to encourage it to easy light, which has it’s drawbacks but it works great. If you a bit lazy or don’t won’t to spend out on more BBQ tools such as a charcoal chimney or firelighters. Then these are a great alternative.
How to use easy light charcoal bags
When I say simple I mean simple. To use an easy light charcoal bag you place the bag on the charcoal grate of the BBQ or in a charcoal tray and light the bag with either a gas lighter or a match. Then simply wait until the charcoal is fully lit before placing any food on the grill for cooking.
There is no need to apply any further lighting agents to an easy light charcoal bag. Lighter fluid or white spirit is not required.
Bad points to easy light BBQ charcoal bags
Unfortunately, as great as charcoal bags sound there are a couple of negative points to them. Regardless of the advertised lighting and cooking times for every brand, in the real world, it’s not quite as claimed.
Firstly, as great and as simple as lighting the bags are, they still aren’t as quick to get to a point of cooking with when using a charcoal chimney starter. All BBQ charcoal bags specify around 20 minute starting time, I’ve always found this to be a long 20 minutes. With a charcoal chimney, Lumpwood can be ready in 10.
Secondly, they are no good for low and slow BBQ, really I found them only suitable for bangers and burger style of BBQ. I mean even if they were suitable for smoking you wouldn’t use them anyway because of the additives for easy lighting.
Thirdly, yes unfortunately three bad points. There are no restaurant-grade charcoal bags thus it burns extremely quickly when fully lit and requires a top-up with charcoal. Each approx. 1kg bag in the real world equates to about 60 minutes of BBQ, which is fine but means there’s no time for a BBQ dessert or extras. You can use more than one bag to improve the heat and the burn time if you want but it’s just as easy to add extra charcoal.