Barbeque vs Grilling
Now that summer is here, the smell of cooking meat will start permeating the air. People usually start flocking to their barbeques or grills to mark the beginning of this season. However, did you know that there’s a difference between barbeque and grilling? It all boils down to the intensity of heat and the duration of cooking time. To barbeque means that you’re cooking meat for long hours at a time in a grill, smoker, or the ground. Grilling, however, means that meat is exposed to a large amount of direct, hot heat for the purpose of a quick cooking time.
At Shop World Kitchen, we don’t have a preference; we love them equally. Despite their differences, these cooking styles produce delicious meats that’ll continue to delight block parties everywhere.
The first known mention of the word came in the 15th century when Spanish Conquistadors came upon Taino-Arawak and Caribbean natives smoking meat on a wooden framework set upon hot coals. This contraption was called a “babracot” which the Spaniards later turned into “barbacoa.” Traditionally speaking, this method involved putting meat in a hole over a pot that would collect juices for broth. Covering the meat were maguey leaves and burning coal. The meat would settle in for a few hours until the natives deemed it ready.
Since then, the barbeque has evolved only slightly. You can build your own barbeque pit in your backyard by simply digging a 3’ x 3’ hole and covering it with a wooden or metal sturdy sheet. Just add coals and wood at the bottom to burn. The wood can add a smoky flavor to your meat for a better taste. Try cooking ribs, beef brisket, pork shoulder, and even a whole turkey or chicken. There are plenty of delicious rubs and sauces to choose from as well.
Probably the most common method of cooking meat in the nice outdoors because meat comes in direct contact with the flame for a shorter amount of time. Fortunately, there are many ways of cooking meat hot and fast using a variety of tools.
- Charcoal Kettle: Meat is grilled over a charcoal fire in a kettle. You can even make charred grill marks.
- Grill Baking: Just place a cookie sheet over the grill. Once baked, you can put the meat directly on the grill slats. Great for stuffed or coated meats.
- Grill Braising: Simply put a pot on the grill and simmer its contents for a bit.
- Sear Grilling: Use a ceramic plate to instantly sear the outside of meat for a distinct flavor. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!
- Stove Top Pan Grilling: Use a grill pan, which has raised ridges just like a grill, on your stovetop. The heat is applied directly to the food from those ridges, mimicking the taste of your grill. You can also use a flat top pan which has a circular heating element instead of the ridges.
- Charbroiling: Put your meat right on the wide raised ridges of your grill for that slightly charred effect.
- Stone Grilling: Instead of using a traditional grill, some people like to use hot stones that get up to 450 degrees Celsius. This may be a healthier alternative because the use of oils and fats is unnecessary.
Once you’ve decided which method you use or want to try, come visit our website where we’ll start you off with the right tools and accessories for both the barbeque and the grill like:
- LodgeⓇ Cast Iron Griddle
- LodgeⓇ Cast Iron Grill Pan
- Baker’sⓇ Secret Round Basting Brush
- ECKOⓇ Thermometer
- ECKOⓇ Locking Tongs
We offer a wide assortment of cooking supplies from popular brands you can trust. Shop online today for your grilling supplies.
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