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To Grill or Not To Grill

To Grill or Not To Grill


What is the difference between grilling and barbecue?



Barbecue in the United States has many regional styles, most notably, in the U.S. people generally consider barbecue to include only relatively indirect methods of cooking, with the more direct high-heat methods to be called grilling. The two most basic forms of cooking are charcoal and gas grilling. Charcoal utilizes shaped briquettes which are placed, ignited and allowed to burn down until ashed over then dispersed to the sides or at significant distance from the grill grate. A gas grill may contain one or more burners connected to a propane fuel tank in line with a starter, grill plates and a series of knobs which control the flow of fuel to the burners. The gas grill generally provides on demand constant heat across the surface of the grill.


Larger, more coarse cuts of meat like Tri-Tip and pork shoulders may benefit more from the process of slow barbecue cooking rather than grilling. Things like fish, shrimp, scallops or thin steaks and lamb chops will benefit more from the quick concentrated grilling process over barbecuing.


The process you use will depend more on the item you plan on cooking as opposed to the method of cooking.

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 21 September, 2017.

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