Introduction to Grilling

Although we have available to us all sorts of fancy high-output grills and countless types of gadgets, grilling remains a very basic—primitive, even—cooking technique: Go outside, put food over hot coals or an open flame, and cook until it’s done. Rich, smoky flavor and beautifully charred surfaces from a hot grill grate are hallmarks of grilling, and it works best for small, quick cooking foods. Either a charcoal or gas grill can do the job, but there are benefits and drawbacks to both. In this lesson, we’ll review some basics about grilling and learn how to grill on both gas and charcoal grills.