Want to conquer your fear of grilling and become a pro this summer? It’s easy once you learn the basics. The culinary sport is seen as a challenge to many; cooking with the open flame and varying temperatures can be intimidating, but we’re here to set the record straight. Grilling doesn’t have to be overwhelming — you just need to know a few basics to make it an easy and enjoyable outdoor activity. We’ll run you through everything you need to know about grilling to get started so you can stop hiding behind your oven and sauté pans this summer.the grill. The first thing people ask about grilling is the difference between charcoal and gas grills. The simplest answer is how the flame is produced, but there are some other things to consider when you’re choosing between gas and charcoal.
Cost: Many times there is a cost associated with convenience — and that’s exactly the case with gas and charcoal grills. If you’re looking to minimize costs, you’ll probably want to stick to a charcoal grill; some cost as little as $20. Gas grills will cost you a bit more, though you can buy some very small portable gas grills for as little as $40, most gas grills range from $200 to $500.
Taste: If you’re big on smoky flavor, charcoal is your best bet; it’s tough to beat the flavor that an open flame adds to your food. You can also experiment with different types of charcoal for different results, whereas a gas grill will give you the same taste each time you grill.
Once you make a decision about which grill to purchase, it’s time to learn a few basics. Here’s what you need to know to get grilling this summer.
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Originally published on August 5, 2012.