How to convert a gas BBQ to a charcoal BBQ

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Smoking your meals with coals or wood can really enhance the flavor of the food. If you don’t have a smoker BBQ handy, Matador has a charcoal tray with smoker box, which converts your gas BBQ into a charcoal BBQ to get those smoky, aromatic flavours into your cooking.

How it works

Matador charcoal trays come in two sizes. The M61 fits a Matador four burner BBQ, while the M62 works with two, three and six burner BBQs.

Simply lift the grill plate off your BBQ and then replace your flame tamers with the charcoal tray. Place some charcoal into the tray and some wood chips in the corner compartment for extra flavour. Then, ignite the coals and wood by turning on the burners for the grill.

Replace the grill plate over the coals, using the grill lifter accessory to adjust the plate and check on your coals easily and safely. Close the hood to build up the heat. When the BBQ begins to smoke, the coals are ready. Turn off the burners and gas, and you’ve got a charcoal BBQ.

How to cook

Now you’re ready to cook using the indirect heat from the coals. Once you’ve placed your meat, vegetables or any other food on the grill plate, close the hood for a while to keep the smoke in, so that it can absorb better into your food.

You can add even more delicious, smoky flavour with the smoker box accessory, which you also fill with wood chips. Place it next to your food, close the hood and let the smoke seep in.

There are different types of smoking woods available with different flavours. It’s a good idea to soak them in water first for about 30 minutes. This will stop the wood from burning out too quickly, and release a thick, savoury smoke that will last longer.

Matador charcoal tray with smoker box

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