By this time of year, summer is in full swing and the backyard grills are getting a workout. My favorite part of grilling or barbequeing is trying something new. By the time July rolls around, I' d rather not see another hot dog or hamburger. I like to try avoiding the normal grilling fare and start experimenting with different ideas. One of those ideas that I have fallen in love with is smoking. Here are some tips to help turn that regular old gas grill into your very own smoker.
How to turn your gas grill into a smoker:
Smoking tips for a gas grill:
- Tempeature is very important. You want to keep the temp as constant as possible to allow for even cooking.
- Don't mess with the product. Often, grillers will put meat on the grill and a minute later they are flipping it already. You want to let the meat get a good sear to lock in the natural juices.
- Make sure the grill is hot if you are dealing with fish (beef and poultry too). People will steer clear of fish because it sticks and falls apart all the time. The problem is that fish needs to be put on a very hot surface. This creates an instant steam barrier that does not allow for the protiens to coagulate to the grill, thus sticking.
- Seasoning is very important. Season every step of the way. Salt and pepper can make a world of difference between bland food and great tasting food.
- Try some different marinades and brines. These will add a lot of flavor and moisture to your final product.
Here are some of my faovrite grilling recipes for you to try and share:
If you try these tips at home, please let me know how you enjoy the results! (Post a comment below.)
Chef Anthony Scolaro is the Chef of the new "Biddle's" restaurant and contributes to all locations on the Westfield campus. He is in charge of scheduling, managing costs, developing menus, training kitchen employees, ordering, monitoring inventory and creating recipes. Anthony has 11 years in the hospitality industry and has developed his expertise in food preparations and cooking, kitchen operations and food safety.