How do you know how hot your charcoal grill is? You can rely on lid thermometers and remote probes (and I often do), but it’s hard to beat the “hand test” for a quick check on how the coals are doing.
Put your open hand, palm down, about 5 inches from the grate and see how long you can comfortably hold it there.
2 to 4 seconds – this is high heat, 450°F to 550°F. Great for searing steaks.
5 to 7 seconds – this is medium heat, 350°F to 450°F. Good for general grilling – burgers, chicken pieces, or veggies.
8 to 10 seconds – this is low heat, 250°F to 350°F. Use a drip pan or some kind of heat barrier and this temp this is great for ribs and pork butt.