Create some serious summer sizzle with our step-by-step guide

Image: How to light the BBQ like a pro (in GIFs)

If ‘spontaneous’ and ‘BBQ’ are two words that rarely work well together for you, here’s how to crack BBQ lighting the first time round.


You'll need:

  • Charcoal
  • Firelighters
  • A gas lighter
  • Some tasty food

1. Remove the top grill, then pile up the charcoal & firelighters in the centre of the BBQ

Build BBQ

2. Light the firelighters (a gas lighter's easiest and will help prevent singed fingers)

Light bbq

3. Let it burn for around 30 minutes until the charcoal has turned white


4. Spread the white hot coals evenly around the BBQ

Spread coals

5. Pour over a second layer of coal

Add more coals

6. Close the lid and wait for 20 to 30 minutes

Close lid

7. Carefully place the grill on top and get cooking!