Summer Grilling Tips for BBQs and Char Broilers

Friday, June 28th, 2013

The Fourth of July is coming up next Thursday, and What’s Cooking wants to prepare you for what is sure to be a good grilling season! Whether you are in a restaurant using char broilers or in the backyard grilling on a barbecue with charcoal, you know that grilling season is one of the best times of the year. Seared steak, juicy hamburgers, grilled vegetables, and even grilled fruits make great additions to a summer meal.

However, there are some important practices to observe when it comes to grilling. This week, What’s Cooking takes a look at some ways to ensure that your grilled dishes are the very best.

Grilling with Char Broilers

Char broilers are a fantastic alternative to an outdoor grill, especially for those in the restaurant business. It may not be practical or possible to grill the old-fashioned way, so using char broilers inside and out of the summer heat is a fine substitute. When grilling with char broilers, start by taking a few precautionary measures to keep your char broilers in good working order, then follow these grilling tips for delicious success.

    • Preheat your char broiler and use seasoned oil on your food in order to reduce sticking and improve flavor.
    • Regularly clean the ashes out of your burner boxes. Heat will transfer to the food more properly and your char broiler will be more efficient.
    • To save money and energy, turn on only the part of the char broiler that you need, and never load your char broiler over its capacity.
    • If your priority is easy maintenance, consider radiant char broilers. Radiant heat char broilers make fat drippings easy to clean up, and slanted radiants help minimize flare-ups.
    • If are using your char broiler mostly for light applications, consider a char broiler that uses char rocks. They are a little more challenging to clean, and are more prone to flare-ups, but can also add a smoky flavor to foods.
    • Change briquettes in a char rock char broiler twice a year to maintain quality.
    • Use a wire brush on the grates regularly throughout the business day.

 

Grilling on a Barbecue

Outdoor barbecues are an optimal way to cook meats and vegetables to get a great flavor profile.  Use these tips to make your backyard Fourth of July grilling a successful, delicious endeavor.

    • Use direct heat if you want to cook your meat hot and fast by searing it.
    • Use indirect heat if you want to be sure to avoid burning and are looking for a juicier, tenderer choice.
    • Sugar can burn or blacken very easily on a grill, so don’t add sugary sauces until the food is almost ready.
    • Never flatten your meats by pressing them onto the grate; it lets out the juices that make the meat most delicious! Also let your meat rest for about five minutes after you take it off the grill for a juicer result.
    • Get creative about what you can grill on your outdoor barbecue! Everything from zucchini to pound cake to sweet peaches to grilled vegetarian dishes are delicious and flavorful when cooked on a grill.

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Char Broilers Make Creative Vegetarian Dishes

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Serving vegetarians doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor or creativity.  Char Broilers are an excellent way to get that open-flame taste without ever needing an outdoor grill.  There are many types of char broilers to choose from and by many popular brands like Bakers Pride, Vulcan, and Gen2.  Use char broilers to go for a unique approach to your vegetarian menu items, and you’ll end up with a bevy of foods that are both delicious and vegetarian-friendly.

Herbs and spices can boost the flavor of any vegetarian meal.  Baba ghanoush is a classic Levantine dish that features charbroiled, charred eggplant, which is then pulped and pureed, and with added spices becomes a wonderful spread for an appetizer.  Chargrilled corn-on-the-cob makes for an excellent addition to a Southern or Southwestern meal; add a dusting of Cajun seasoning or garlic powder to give it a unique kick.  Or, marinate a variety of charbroiled vegetables like zucchini, eggplants, leeks, and yellow pepper in a combination of olive oil, garlic, and basil, salt, pepper, and vinegar, and you’ll find that you have a vegetable medley that serves well as an antipasti plate or a complement to a main dish.

But don’t limit yourself to just side dishes.  When it comes to vegetarian dishes, there are so many types of veggie burger to be had in the vegetarian world these days.  Don’t limit yourself to hamburger-tasting soy or tofu substitutes.  The spicy black bean burger; Italian-inspired veggie burger with basil, tomato, and cheese; falafel burgers with tzatziki sauce; lemon-basil tofu burgers; and of course the staple portobello are all vegetarian substitutes which are not only tasty, but offer variety in a world that doesn’t necessarily always cater to vegetarians.

With char broilers you can get that made-on-the-backyard-grill flavor without leaving the kitchen.  Who knows?  You may find that even some die-hard carnivores fall for the deliciousness of a vegetarian dish.

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