Cooking food in an open grill is fun. But it is not as simple as you think it might be, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you want to grill your food to perfection, I got you covered.
Read on. I will help you become a grill master in no time.
Grilling with wood chips
You don’t need a smoker or a professional barbecue pit when grilling with wood chips. All you need is a standard gas grill or a kettle charcoal grill with wood-chip smoking box to get the job done.
To master this process, simply cover three large handfuls of wood chips with water in a bowl. Then, soak them for half an hour. Soaking will keep the chips from burning when you throw them on the charcoal.
Once done, you can open the grill vents in. Make sure that only half of the lid is open. This will envelope the food in smoke whilst keeping it moving and circulating. You may need to add more wood chips, too, depending on how long it takes to cook the food. It’s best to keep a bowl of soaked chips close to you, so it’s easier to reach out when you need more.
If you’re using a gas grill, you can put the wood chips in a smoker box. You can also wrap them in aluminum foil – just make sure that there are holes around it. Then, place them as close to the heat source as possible so they can easily smolder.
Charcoal grilling is one of the most preferred types because it imparts a great flavor to vegetables and meat. These grills can be large, small, short, or tall, but they are similar in one thing – instead of lighting a gas flame or turning a switch, you light wood or briquettes to cook your food.
If you want that unique, smoky flavor for your dish, charcoal grilling is your best option. Yes, you can’t get it from electric or gas grilling. Other than that, it is more affordable. You don’t have to worry about refilling a propane tank because you can use briquettes, which are cheap.
To master charcoal grilling, you need an even source of heat. Don’t put too many briquettes because the fill will become too hot. You shouldn’t position the grate too close to the fire as well, because the food won’t get cooked perfectly.
30 pieces of briquettes can cook about ½ kilogram of meat. If you’re cooking a kilogram of meat, you will need about 45 pieces of briquettes. Spread them in a solid layer before the food grate. Don’t light them with gasoline, kerosene, or other chemicals.
Gas grills are expensive. But if you want to add a griller in your patio, this will look amazing. They also have other great advantages. For instance, they heat up quickly compared to charcoal grills. You can also adjust the heat and make it consistent. Lastly, they are easy to maintain.
To stimulate charcoal, you can use lava rocks to your gas grill. It is like adding briquettes to your charcoal grill. However, you won’t still get that unique, smoky flavor. Yes, they are somewhat similar. The only difference is that gas grills are run off a propane tank. You need to buy propane and refill it when it runs out.
Now that you know how each grilling type works, it will be easier for you to master cooking on a grill. Good luck on your food preparations!