Grilling vs. Barbecuing

Do you like to grill or do you prefer to barbecue? Did you know there was even a difference?

Chances are you’re a griller, which means you like to cook meat fast over a hot flame.

Barbecuing on the other hand is a slow process over a low indirect heat. This is the technique used to create melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork and fall-off-the-bone ribs.

How to Grill

The first thing you need is fire. And you have a few options. We’re going to start with the easiest method – gas grill.

You can pick up a simple gas grill for less than $150. You’ll also need a propane tank. Turn that bad boy on, push ignite and dinner is only minutes away.

A good gas grill will have a couple of burners, so you can adjust the heat. To start, we like to crank the heat to high to clean off all the leftover bits. Then, we adjust the temp for whatever we’re grilling.

Steaks and veggies do well with a high heat, but chicken and pork chops do better over medium.

We always recommend having an extra propane tank on hand. There’s nothing worse than running out of gas half way through grilling a turkey Thanksgiving Day.

One of the cheapest methods of grilling is with a kettle grill that uses charcoal. You can pick one up for about $40.

This method is a little more complicated because you will need to light the coals and adjust the heat using a vent system.

So why would anyone use charcoal?

Because it makes the meat taste so much better, assuming you don’t douse the coals with lighter fluid. Really, don’t do that.

We like using hardwood lump charcoal. It burns clean, lights quickly and imparts a hint of smokiness to whatever you’re cooking.

There are a couple of ways to light charcoal, but we’ve found the easiest method is with fire starter squares. You tuck one or two into the charcoal and light ‘em up. The flames will quickly spread. Let them burn for about 10 minutes before adding food to the grill.

There is one more grilling method that we can’t overlook – campfire cooking.

You don’t have to live in the middle of the woods to pull this off. A lot of people are adding campfire rings in their ba