Whether you use charcoal, cooking wood, smoking chunks or any combination thereof, your grill accumulate ash each time you cook on it. Unfortunately, you can’t just leave this ash sitting in the bottom of your grill. If you cook on a grill that’s filled with ash, some of it may end up on your food — and ash doesn’t have a particularly satisfying flavor. Regardless of what food you are grilling, it will have
Although there are exceptions, most cooking grates found in grills and smokers are made of either cast iron or stainless steel. Both materials can provide a safe and effective surface on which to cook food. But cast iron and stainless steel are different materials, so they affect your culinary activities in different ways. Whether you’re shopping for a new grill or smoker, or if you’re looking to upgrade your existing grill or smoker with a
  Also known as a barbecue mat, a grill mat is an innovative grilling accessory that can be used in many different ways. Consisting of a large and flat sheet of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), it offers a nonstick surface on which you can grill meats and veggies. Just place the grill mat directly on your grill’s main cooking grate, after which you can add your food to it. If this is your first time hearing about
It takes longer to smoke meat than it does to grill meat. Beef brisket, for example, may require five or more hours of smoking. As a result, you need to ensure your smoking chunks aren’t burning too quickly. If your smoking chunks burn to ash in just 20 or 30 minutes, it will expose your meat to short bursts of thick smoke negatively affects the flavor and tenderness of your meat. Thankfully, however, there are
With the exception of small travel-sized grills, most grills have a warming rack. Found above the main cooking grate, it’s a versatile feature that can help you grill delicious food. But many people are unfamiliar with the warming rack, let alone know how to use it. To take advantage of your grill’s warming rack, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with this feature and how it works. What Is the Warming Rack? The warming rack is
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