Difference Between Direct and Indirect Grilling
BBQ season has arrived in Ottawa! While most people cook their food over the flames of a gas or charcoal grill, another way to barbecue is by using an indirect grilling method. Understanding the difference (and benefits) of each method will allow you to take your grilling game to the next level this summer!
Perfect for grilling foods like steaks and burgers, a direct grilling method uses the heat from the flames to quickly cook foods. This method also produces the grill marks found on Instagram-worthy dishes.
It’s important to remember that any food less than two inches in thickness should be grilled using the direct method.
Instead of relying on flames, indirect grilling uses the ambient heat from the BBQ to cook foods, similar to a convection oven. The indirect method is perfect for larger cuts of meat that require longer cooking time as it greatly reduces the chance that your food will be overcooked or burned.
Indirect grilling is a good cooking option for both charcoal and gas grills. For a charcoal grill, the coals can be placed in a variety of configurations to adjust the indirect heat to your exact specifications. With a gas grill, your options for indirect grilling depend on the number of burners you have to work with.
- Two-Burner Grill – Turn one burner on as low as possible and preheat your grill before placing food on the unlit burner. Make sure you turn your food at least once while grilling to ensure it’s cooked evenly. Perfect method for our Rogue 365 or portable TravelQ grills.
- Three-Burner Grill – Light the two outside burners on low and leave the middle burner off. When the grill is heated, place your food on the middle burner. You can always turn off one of the outside burners if the grill heats up too much. Ideal method for our Rogue 425 grill.
- Four-Burner Grill – Turn on the two outside burners to create the perfect conditions for indirect grilling. This can be used on our Prestige Pro 500 grill.
Whether you have a charcoal grill, gas grill or a kamado smoker—you can enjoy the benefits of both indirect and direct heat.
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