Bourbon is a distinctly American distilled spirit, named for Bourbon County in Kentucky. The alcohol burns off when heat is applied.
• Hardwood charcoal is harder to find and slightly more costly than conventional briquets, but it ignites more easily and burns hotter so you'll use less and cooking time will be shorter. It also imparts a slightly different flavor that many people rave about.
• Charcoal is ready when coals are uniformly ashy-looking with no dark black spots remaining.
•To ashieve appealing markings without overcooking, preheat a gas grill to high, then immediately turn it down to medium-high when the meat goes on the grill.