Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions about Barbecuing

Barbecuing is not as simple as it seems. To a novice in the art of barbecuing, it can be downright confusing and frustrating. The task of cooking meat in an open fire can be really tricky. It takes a lot of patience and know-how to be able to come up with a really great barbecue dish.

Below are some of the frequently asked questions that people have about barbecuing. Read on and start learning everything you can about making barbecues.

1. What are barbecue grills?

Barbecue grills are equipment used to cook barbecues. They are used both at home and in restaurants. Depending on the need of the person, barbecue grills come in different types. There are barbecue grills that use gas. These are the most common types of barbecue grills because it is mightily convenient. Some run with natural gas while others run using propane gas. There are also models in the market that combine both.

Another kind of barbecue grills are the charcoal grills that are more traditional. These are the grills that one frequently see in outdoor cooking parties. Charcoal barbecue grills can be really messy and hard to set up but the flavor that it gives to the barbecue dish cannot be surpassed. The least common type of barbecue grills is the electric grills. People do not opt for this kind because they feel that much of the flavor is lost when using electric grills.

2. What are barbecue smokers and how does it differ from barbecue grills?

Friday, April 15, 2011

7 Barbecue Grilling Tips

Grilling is a national pastime. These seven tips for grilling may help improve your results.

1. Preheat your grill for 15-25 minutes before starting the meat. This ensures the grill is at the proper temperature and any bacteria on it are dead. A properly heated grill will begin to sear the food immediately, prevents sticking, and helps the meat retain its moisture.

2. Use separate cutting boards, knives, and plates for meats and vegetables. This will reduce the chance of contaminating foods that aren't cooked.

3. If you marinate the meat before grilling, place the marinating meat in the refrigerator. Also, don’t use the same liquid to baste the meat as you did for marinating.

6 Steps for Keeping Your Barbecue Grill Clean

Barbecue Maintenance Tips

What would we do without our outdoor barbeque grill? These days there are many types from high end models to the simple charcoal grill. Whatever type you prefer, proper maintenance and care is needed to ensure that your barbeque grill will work for you for many years to come. While some maintenance and cleaning is specific to the type of barbeque grill you own (gas, electric, charcoal or smoke barbecue grill), the majority of maintenance does not change from grill to grill.

Step 1- Gathering The Necessary Items

You will need some common household items on hand when it comes time to clean your barbeque grill.

Brass wire grill brush
Steel wool pads, preferably that contains soap already.
Mild dish soap
Sponge or dishcloth
Spray cooking oil
Dry baking soda
Aluminum foil

Step 2- Brushing Your Grill Off

The first thing that should always be done to your grill is a routine brushing. Using your brass wire grill brush (or other brush suitable to your type of grill) you should brush off all the surfaces. By routinely brushing your barbeque grill, you will prevent any type of buildup. If buildup from food is left to long, it can become increasingly difficult to remove.

Barbecue Smokers - Function and Features

Barbecuing may seem simple but it’s actually not. Although you can basically make barbecues with just a fire, it will take you a really long time before you get it cooked. Unlike marshmallows and hotdogs, meat barbecues take much longer to cook. They are also more complicated to prepare.

In barbecuing, one needs a lot of equipment to help you make the cooking easy. One of the basic ones is the grill, which people use to cook the meat. Grills come in different types. There are gas grills, which run with either natural gas or propane. There are also the more traditional grills that make use of charcoal and of course the less common one, the electric grill.

Another piece of equipment that is used for barbecuing is the barbecue smoker. Unlike the grills, smokers are not as commonly used. Barbecue smokers have barbecue rigs with a side compartments; controllable heat vents and smoke stacks. These allow you to control the amount of smoke that comes out.

They have basically the same functions as the grills except that the heat source is away from the food. If it is a vertical water smoker, the heat source can be way way below while in a horizontal smoker, you can find it on the side. One of the basic features of the smoker is that it keeps the heat bottled up inside. This is why it can cook are really low temperatures, from around 200-250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Although cooking with barbecue smokers can be mightily slower than perhaps a barbecue grill, you can be sure that the flavor of the meat will be enhanced more.