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How to Grill: A Guide to Great Grilling

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Whether you cook over a shoebox-size hibachi or in a state-of-the-art gas-powered “kettle,” you know that grilling imparts an incomparable flavor that no other cooking method can. The intense heat, the savory smoke, and the pleasure of cooking (and eating) outdoors all enhance the natural flavor of top-grade steaks, plump chicken breasts, sparkling seafood, and garden-fresh vegetables. You can even bake breads on the grill.

Before you light the fire, spend a few minutes to assess your grill and utensils, bone up on techniques and flavor-enhancing tricks, and review safety procedures.

Types of Grills

You can cook food over a wood fire built in an open pit, but most people appreciate the convenience of a modern barbecue grill. The most sophisticated grills allow you to adjust the heat by turning a knob, and even the most basic have adjustable racks so that you can place the food at the right distance from the fire.


Fueled by charcoal briquettes (pillow-shaped blocks made from hardwood charcoal) or natural hardwood charcoal chunks, these grills are relatively inexpensive. The simplest is the Japanese-style hibachi, a small cast-iron grill just right for a pocket-size patio.

For more ambitious grilling, choose a large covered “kettle” with adjustable vents. In between is the versatile uncovered grill, sometimes called a brazier. Look for a charcoal grill made of heavy-gauge metal; the legs should be sturdy and positioned to keep the grill stable.


Today’s popular gas grills, fueled by bottled propane or natural gas, can be as easy to light and control as your kitchen stove. They are available with a variety of options, including electric ignition, fuel gauge, extra burners (for simmering sauces or side dishes), warming racks, and storage cabinets. Some have porcelain-enameled cooking grids for easy cleaning.

Gas grills may be grand enough to cook two dozen burgers at a time or to smoke a whole turkey. You don’t sacrifice that delectable barbecue taste because the firebox of a gas grill contains ceramic “briquettes” or lava rocks (made of natural volcanic rock). Meat juices dripping onto these hot “coals” produce a savory flavor.


The latest thing in grilling is the electric barbecue. Like gas grills, most electric units have artificial briquettes for authentically smoky flavor; these may be removable, so you can also grill indoors, smoke-free. There are large electric grills to use in the backyard (within reach of a grounded electrical outlet) as well as tabletop models for small families and for all-weather indoor use.

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