NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12:  Chef Rodney Scott attends A Dinner With Marcus Samuelsson and friends as part of the Bank of America Dinner Series presented by The Wall Street Journal at Ginny's Supper Club during The Food Network and Cooking Channel New York City Wine and Food Festival presented by Capital One on October 12, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
Pitmaster Rodney Scott's Top Recommendation For Grilling Newbies
By Camryn Teder
Rodney Scott is one of only two pitmasters to receive the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southeast, not to mention one of only five African-American chefs nominated in its history. It's safe to say that he knows a thing or two about how to work a grill, so for grilling newbies, Scott has one top recommendation to help get you started.
In an interview, Scott urged grilling newbies to use a Weber grill, saying, "Not even the Kettle, just the regular Weber Grill with the tall four legs." According to NPR, while charcoal grills have a bit of a steeper learning curve than gas, they offer a more traditional smoky flavor, just like the barbecue you're used to.
Beyond the grill, Scott recommends buying some wood lump charcoal instead of regular since it provides a better flavor and is more affordable. He also gave some insight into what meats are best to start with, claiming classics like steak and burgers are the meats beginners should work with first.