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.

How will you be using your outdoor grills and char broilers this summer? Find ShortOrder on Twitter and Facebook and tell us about your favorite things to grill!

Restaurants Choose Char Broiled Burgers for a Taste of Summer

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Char Broil Burgers for a Taste of Summer

The temperatures are starting to rise, the sun seems to be shining more, and everyone’s thoughts of food arechar broiler turning to the wonderful taste of a char broil burger. You know, char broil, that smoky, and grilled to perfection with the intricate pattern of grill marks way of cooking that only comes from a steel cooking surface over an open-flame. If you are like me, once that warm weather hits and summer is well on its way, this is the only way you want to enjoy your burger.

Char Broil Burgers for Better Tate

Charbroiling is actually one of the best ways to cook meats, be it chicken, steak or pork, to well-done or somewhere near there. Charbroiling enables the grill master to maintain the speed at which the meat is cooked, as well as the tenderness. Meats cooked on a char broiler also come off the grill perfectly moist and never dried out.

Char Broil Burgers Indoors for Outdoor Flavor

Restaurants are able to bring the outdoors inside by having a Char broil grill in their kitchen. There are several considerations a restaurant should take into consideration before purchasing this restaurant equipment appliance. offers a char broiler buyers guide that includes an explanation and comparison of the three main types of char broilers: char rocks, lava rocks and radiant heat.

Tips for the Perfect Char Broil Burgers

garland char broliersThe following tips will assist your restaurant staff in making the best Charbroiled burgers they can on your char broil grill.

1) Use the appropriate grate for the menu item.

2) Season the grates before the first use by preheating them to open the pores and brushing them with oil.

3) Pre-heat the grates before cooking to help reduce sticking.

4) Dip food in seasoned oil before grilling to reduce sticking and to enhance flavor.

5) Consider positioning grates on an angle for charbroiling. It will drain the grease better and gives you better control of heat distribution. Well done items go toward the top to cook slowly and thoroughly. Rare items go toward the lower position to cook rapidly on the outside and leave the inside rare.

6) Wire brush the grates after each use or batch of food product.

Grills Gone Wild

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Considering a Char Broiler purchase in the future? There are a few questions you need to answer before making your decision. First of all, which type are you looking for? There are three types: Cast-Iron Radiant, Stainless Steel Radiant and Lava/Char Rock. The radiant or char rock acts as a storage bank of heat. The more cold products you throw on the broiler, the more heat is drawn from the heat bank.


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