Don’t be afraid.
The grill isn’t there to hurt you. The grill is your friend.
The first step is to familiarize yourself with your equipment. Find out what type of grill you will be using before you put together the menu and shop for the ingredients. That way you will be able to meal prep accordingly and play to your strengths.
It is also important to know what grilling supplies you’ll need before you head to the store. If you are using a charcoal grill, for example, make sure you have a fresh bag of coals and lighting fluid before lighting that match. Likewise, you’ll want a full tank of gas for a gas grill or a full hopper of pellets for an automatic smoker.
If you’re not sure, don’t be afraid to ask the grillmaster in your family for help. They probably won’t mind — most grillmasters actually love sharing their wealth of knowledge!
Understanding what type of grill you have and what it can and can’t do is the first step to mastering the art of grilling.
Each type of grill has its strengths and weaknesses. Beginners should play to those strengths. For example, even something as simple as burgers and hot dogs can become tricky on a smoker, while thoroughly cooking bone-in chicken on a gas grill takes a certain knack for timing.
No matter what type of grill you use, it is a good idea to clean the grill grates before cooking. By heating the grill and wiping down the grates, you’ll ensure any flavors from previous meals don’t taint your work.
Gas grills may be the most convenient. There’s a comparatively short prep time before you have a healthy flame. But you should check to make certain the tank is full and the lines are properly attached. Lighting a gas grill can be scary for newcomers. If there is a button ignition, make sure the gas is on the correct ‘light’ setting before engaging. If you must use a light, make sure you do not accumulate gas — which can cause a fire ball. Light a long match or candle lighter before slowly opening the gas line.
Gas grills can be used to prepare nearly any kind of dish. Steaks and pork chops can be seared to perfection and you can time a fish filet perfectly. But be careful of flare-ups, especially with foods like burgers and chicken wings that drip grease onto the flames. A spray bottle of water is the perfect way to combat these flare-ups. Unlike charcoal grills, closing the lid will increase heat.
Because they plug in, electric grills are the easiest to start. But make sure they’re cleaned, the grease trap has been emptied and properly reattached before you begin.
Electric grills are great for burgers, steaks, hot dogs, vegetables and other foods. Because they don’t expose the food to open flame, greasy foods like bacon can easily be cooked alongside other meats.
Charcoal grills require a little bit of lead time before you start cooking. Start your coals 15 to 30 minutes before you plan to start cooking. Some grills even include ignition assist features, where a small gas flame helps get the charcoal started. A chimney starter is another great way to reduce prep time for charcoal grills. If you are using starter fluid, soak the coals then wait about five minutes before lighting to allow the coals to absorb some of the liquid and maintain a flame for a uniform burn.
Some foods — like Kabobs — were invented for the charcoal grill. You can cook almost anything on this type of grill, but some items — like ribs and chicken wings — may require indirect heat. By placing coals on one side of the grill and the meat on the other, you can evenly cook these foods for longer durations without burning the skin. Unlike a gas grill, closing the lid will lower the flame.
A unique option for those used to a luxury indoor oven, is a pellet grill. Unlike a normal gas or electric grill, they operate using wood pellets that allow for a great smoky flavor. Pellet grills are incredibly versatile. You can smoke, sear, grill, and even bake on it. Coyote’s Pellet Grills with their easy to navigate touchscreen display and 3 temperature probes to monitor food, are a great option
These grills boast an extensive range of features. For starters, it doesn’t look like your average pellet grill, and isn’t. Coyote’s Pellet Grill can do everything a gas grill can do as well as what a pellet grill can and it is attractive. The grill is made from 304 stainless steel, with a spring assist hood and a double walled canopy with a gasket. For pellet use, this grill has a smart drop™ and an easy front loading pellet hopper which makes reloading pellets easy. There is also interior grill lighting, a wind guard, and a built in timer, meaning you can grill in the evening and on stormy days.
Coyote’s Pellet Grills are meant only for outdoor use, and it is recommended to always use 100% natural hardwood BBQ wood pellets. There are different flavor options to explore in your pellet grill, such as apple, cherry, hickory, maple, mesquite, oak, and pecan. Each of these pellet types can be paired with different items on the grill, like how apple pellets are best used for smoking chicken, pork, lamb, and seafood. When storing your pellets, ensure they are always kept in a dry area with no exposure to moisture.
Pellet grills are quickly outpacing gas and charcoal grills because of the portable and eco-friendly nature of its fuel. It is also very versatile, combining your grill, smoker, and even a pizza oven. The versa rack system, hood gasket seal, and spring assisted hood means it is easier than ever to grill your meals without fear of heat escaping.
With easy to use navigation and extra features like lights, temperature probes, and searing grates, this is a great option for your Father’s Day grilling.
Each pellet grill model can take some getting used to. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the operation of your specific pellet grill. Don’t be afraid to ask the grillmaster for help — or check online to find the user manual for your specific model.
Brisket, vegetables, and even baked goods like cinnamon buns are a great use of pellet smokers.
Smokers can be intimidating for newcomers — but don’t let that stop you! Cast iron smokers can have one chamber or two, and ceramic smokers usually have one internal chamber. Creating a plan of attack for your specific smoker will help you make the most of the meal. Heat can be controlled by opening and closing the flues to allow air or restrict air from circulating. Coyote Outdoor Living’s Freestanding Asado Cooker is a great option for a smoker.
Ribs, chicken and briskets are a great use of smokers. A few questions before you start: Will you be using lump wood charcoal or wood for your fire? And how much time and heat will be required to cook your specific cut of meat?