Direct vs. Indirect Grilling Methods
There’s often confusion about the difference between direct and indirect grilling, when to use each method, and how to properly set up the grill for each technique. We’ve outlined some basic information for each method and tips to make sure you’re cooking each type of food the best way.
|Direct Grilling||Indirect Grilling|
|Foods are cooked directly over flames.||Foods are cooked with ambient heat from the grill.|
|Grill lid can be open or closed.||Grill lid needs to be closed.|
|Charcoal Grill – Spread coals evenly and cook foods in the middle of the grill.||Charcoal Grill – Keep coals on one side and cook food on the side without the coals.|
|Gas Grill – Turn the burner ON and grill over that section.||Gas Grill – Turn the burner ON for one section of the grill and cook food on the other section.|
|Best for foods that require less cooking time (20 minutes or less):
||Best for foods that require a longer cooking time (over 20 minutes) or are delicate:
Sometimes, you’ll want to use a combination of direct and indirect grilling. For example, to get the perfect steak, you’ll want to sear each side directly over the flames. Once there are nice grill marks on both sides, you can move the steak to the warming rack or off to the side to continue cooking to your desired temperature.
Understanding and mastering direct and indirect cooking methods will ensure your next bbq is a hit!
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