S F L 1 1 0 W e e k 8 – M e a t , P o u l t r y , F i s h a n d V e g e t a r i a n i s m
“Grilling Basics,” BCC pp. 261-262
“Smoking Basics,” BCC pp. 263-264
And as it sizzles, it fills the air with irresistible aromas.
Everyone seems to love
delicious food, hot off the grill.
And as family, friends and neighbors gather, mealtime turns into
So it’s no wonder grilling is now more popular than ever, whatever the season.
are some guidelines for making outdoor cooking fun, simple and safe.
FUELING THE FIRE
For gas grills, follow the manufacturer’s directions for lighting and preheating for
both direct and indirect-heat grilling.
Gas grills usually heat up in 5 to 10 minutes.
Electric Outdoor Grills:
For electric outdoor grills, follow the manufacturer’s directions.
type of grill is great for people living in apartments or condominiums where charcoal and gas
grills are usually prohibited.
For charcoal grills, follow the manufacturer’s directions.
briquettes are mounded in a pyramid shape, sprayed with liquid lighter fluid and lit.
other ways too, so check out
Staring the Fire
WHEN ARE COALS READY?
After lighting briquettes, leave them in the mounded shape until they are glowing red, which
takes about 20 minutes, then spread them out into a single layer.
In daylight, coals are ready
when coated with a light gray ash: after dark, coals are ready when they have an even red glow.
Check the temperature of the coals by holding your hand, palm side down, near the grill
rack and time how long you can comfortably keep it there.
2 seconds = High heat
3 seconds = Medium-High heat
4 seconds = Medium heat
5 seconds = Low heat
STARTING THE FIRE
Charcoal fires are not stared by lighter fluid alone; that’s just one option!
Look for instant-
lighting briquettes, electric coil starters, fire-starter gels and paraffin starters.
package directions when using these products.
Never use gasoline or kerosene to start a fire
because they can ignite explosively and will give foods a very off flavor.
CONTROLLING THE HEAT
If the coals are too hot,
spread the coals apart of close the air vents halfway.
gas or electric grill, adjust the burner to a lower setting.
If the coals are too cool
, move the coals closer together, knock ashes off coals by
tapping them with long-handled tongs or open the air vents.
For a gas or electric
grill, adjust the burner to a higher setting.