If you are anything like me or the other 72% of Americans who have a grill in their backyard, then you will appreciate some honest grilling. This blog will introduce you to my attempts, including successes and failures, as I grill in my backyard. I am no stranger to grilling, but am willing to admit that I still have a lot to learn. I have grilled almost every place I have been, including Iraq.
My grill of choice these days is a Primo Kamado, which is a lot like the Big Green Egg except for one thing, it is made in America. Primo’s are made in Atlanta, Georgia and are an excellent choice for grilling, but they are on the expensive side. Before the Primo, I used a Weber Kettle grill that works just as well, although it may take a little more TLC.
My charcoal of choice is Cowboy Lump charcoal. It is made of 100% hardwood chunks and burns clean for a great grilling experience. To light my coals I use a Looftlighter because it is easy and a safe option compared to some alternatives. The only downside is that you will need electricity close by, so it may not be a good option if you are camping or at your hunt club.
If am going to add smoke I usually will use hickory or apple, it just depends on the type of meat. It is important to understand that you should not add smoke to everything you cook. Smoke should be reserved for longer cooking items such as pulled pork, ribs or a beer can chicken. If you are making a burger or steak then you will just want to cook over your charcoal. If you are using a Weber or smaller grill then you will have better luck with Kingsford rather than lump coal.
One of the most important things about grilling is keeping your family safe from any problems that can be caused by undercooked or overcooked food. If food is undercooked then it can make you seriously ill and if it is overcooked then you may not be asked to continue on your path to becoming a backyard BBQ expert. I use Thermapen to check my food temperature because it is fast and accurate. There are other options out there, plenty that are cheaper, but I have had a lot of success with Thermapen and it is my recommended brand.
I hope that my experiences will help you and that yours will help me. Please comment if you want to know more about my methods or perhaps more importantly if you want to tell me what is wrong with them. Happy Grilling!