Grilling is simply the art of cooking food over a naked flame. To accomplish this task, there are a variety of tools, with the most important being a grill which comes in different varieties. The most crucial thing is to know how to grill appropriately; once you do, it doesn't matter what grill you use.
Regardless of what grill you use, some rules never change where grilling is concerned.
These basic rules will aid you in learning how to grill:
A hot grill has a high temperature which means food cooked on it will get done fast. For thin slices of meat and smaller food items, crank up the heat and do the cooking quickly.
Of course, this does not apply to all foods. Where fish, chicken, vegetables, and fruit are concerned, the temperature should be lower.
The heat should be kept at a medium level with foods like that. If you're using a gas grill, reduce the temperature, and if it's charcoal, build a smaller fire.
Regardless of which one you use, you still need to keep a close eye on, but foods like that typically take longer to cook at a lower temperature.
Temperature Guide for the Grill
A simple guide that you can use to gauge temperature with your hand is to carefully keep your hand hovering above the cooking grate, then start counting the seconds until you cannot take the heat.
If you can hold your hand above the fire for an extended period, it signifies low heat. This method can be used for both gas and charcoal grills.
The basic rules to follow are:
1. 5 Seconds means Low heat
4 Seconds equals Medium heat
3 Seconds equals Medium-high heat
2 Seconds equals High heat
1 Second equals Very high heat.
It is not an easy task to know when food is done cooking, but there are three laws that can help you successfully determine when your food is done.
Remember to keep to the rules, and you'll be just fine.