There seems to be a certain progression to reach the grilling Tao of Charcoal.
As a newbie, you start off using lighter fluid before you move onto a chimney starter to replace the lighter fluid. Then, you progress from using charcoal briquettes to using lump charcoal.
But, where do you buy the good lump charcoal in Orange County?
I just discovered this wonderful webiste, www.nakedwhiz.com , that's kind of like a Cook's Illustrated for lump charcoal. But, I can't seem to find their top rated charoals in the OC- Ozark Oak,
Dragon Breath, Nature-Glo Natural Wood, Nature's Mesquite Charcoal, or Real Montana Maple. Has anybody seen any one of those being sold in Orange County?
The only one I"ve found so far has been Royal Oak at Wal-Mart but I don't know if its American Royal Oak or one of the South American Royal Oaks.