Most people who are new to grilling on a charcoal grill spread the coals evenly and they cook all of their food the same way. After you have a few barbecues under your belt, you can start trying more advanced types of grilling.
One method you should try is called indirect grilling. If you have a gas grill, you can select the setting for each section of the grill. You can keep the heat high at one end for searing and you can keep it low at the other end for a low and slow cook. A charcoal grill doesn't have this type of technology, therefore, you need to do if yourself with indirect grilling. It's relatively simple to do and you will notice a huge improvement in your food.
Many types of meat can be cooked better with indirect grilling. One type of meat that many expert grillers use the indirect method with is beef.
Have you ever cooked a steak or a burger and you just can't seem to get it right? If so, you should try indirect cooking. This method gives you two temperatures on the grill, one high and one low.
This allows you to use one side to get your meat to the desired color and to get grill marks on your meat. When you have accomplished this, you can move the meat to the cooler side so that your meat can cook well on the inside without worrying about burning your meat.
Indirect cooking is also great for sudden flare-ups. Flare-ups can occur without warning and it can cause your meat to burn. If you use the indirect cooking method, you can move the meat to the cooler side of the grill when there is a flare-up. There are a few indirect cooking methods. The one that you choose would depend on what you are cooking and how confident you are in your grilling skills.
Before you start, you are going to need to gather the necessary items. The items on your list should include:
If you are new to cooking on a charcoal grill, you should start with the two-zone method. It is the easiest method, therefore, it is good for first-timers.
This indirect cooking method allows you to create three temperature zones rather than one or two. This method creates great cooking conditions because the heat will be equalized on both sides. Also, because you have two hot sides instead of on one, you can achieve higher temperatures.
You can use the snake method to smoke your meat. If you can master this technique, you won't need to spend hundreds of dollars on a smoker. You can also save the space in your backyard. Rather than having a grill and a smoker, you only need room for a grill. If you are going to be cooking large chunks of meat such as a roast, pork shoulder, or a whole chicken, this method is great. If you feel confident in your grilling skills, you can give this method a try.
Many seasoned grillers prefer the indirect methods when cooking. Not only does it give you control of the temperature of the grill, the food tastes much better when you use this method. All you need is a few very inexpensive accessories and you can be a master charcoal griller.
Hi! My name is Nathan and I’m a passionate meat-lover and certified grill connoisseur. I fell in love with grilling food back when I was a little kid when my grandfather used to cook tasty burgers in our backyard every Saturdays.