7 layouts for charcoal grilling

7 layouts for charcoal grilling

Got some things you want to grill now?  Great!  It’s time to fire up the grill.  But wait one second – how can you get the kinds of heat you need – both direct and indirect?  Here are a few common layouts. Layout 1: Full direct heat (complete charcoal grate coverage) When you need as much heat as possible, this is the go-to layout.  Most beginners start here – it’s a simple layout and easy to understand.  Light your charcoal…

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Indirect grilling – 9 ideas to make time work for you at the grill

Indirect grilling – 9 ideas to make time work for you at the grill

As much as I love them, life is not just steaks, hot dogs, hamburgers, and corn.  Larger cuts of meat exist that are just as delicious – as long as they have been cooked well.  The problem is, putting a 7+ lb piece of pork over a bunch of 600F coals is going to create a bloody / charred mess.  No one wants that. Obviously hitting a larger cut of meat fast and hard with heat will not work well….

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Direct grilling – 16 foods to cook over direct heat

Direct grilling – 16 foods to cook over direct heat

So, you’re ready for some smoky delicious food – with a bit of char to brighten your day. What are you going to make? Here is some guidance if you are looking to cook something on the grill quickly.     It’s a good idea to stick with smaller pieces of food when you are grilling with direct heat. Pieces of meat under 1 1/2 inches thick will work well over direct heat. You can cook slightly thicker cuts as well, but…

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Direct vs Indirect grilling

Direct vs Indirect grilling

There’s a secret about grilling that often escapes the average person: you can use a grill two major ways.   When most people think about grilling, they think about lighting the grill and putting food over the hot parts.  Done.  End of story.  Unfortunately, this ignores so many things!  Grills are more than hamburgers and hotdogs; they are quite versatile if you know how to use them!  This is especially true because unlike normal stoves and ovens, the heat sources in…

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Grilling season and seasoned grills

Grilling season and seasoned grills

Are you ready to set something on FIRE? I don’t know about you, but with spring right around the corner, I’m ready to pull out the grill!  Sizzling seared rib-eyes, grilled sourdough pizza, rosemary sea salt roasted vegetables, smoked baked beans – OH MAN my mouth is watering at the thought. With grilling season here, I thought I’d start by doing a series on some basics of using grills.  All of my grilling is over charcoal, but the posts should be…

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Why another food blog?

Why another food blog?

Welcome to Cuisine Mechanics – a food blog.  You might ask, “There are many blogs about food out there, why bother making another one? What can you possibly add?”  Well, here’s the simple reason: I love food. Not just eating food – though I think we can all agree that eating is great.1 I enjoy spending the time making foods that I have never made before.  Sometimes the dishes are complicated, sometimes they are not.  Sometimes the journey seems like…

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