Direct vs Indirect Cooking
There are two basic ways to use your grill for cooking: Direct over the heat vs. Indirect away from heat. I use both methods regularly. I’ll describe the basics of both here. Please watch both of the short videos below for a great visual.
Direct cooking is great for a lot of basic recipes – pork steaks and chops, chicken, hot dogs, brats, burgers and searing your beef steaks. It’s easy to set up and use your grill this way.
For gas users, you turn on half your burners – left on, right off – or however your grill is situated. For charcoal users you will either buy the charcoal bins to gather your coals or simply push them all to one side of your grill. This will give you a portion of grill space for searing, with the remainder an area to place your meat for indirect cooking.
This method is fantastic for pork tenderloin, whole chickens or large chicken parts with bone and skin on, and other larger cuts of meat for smoking. It allows you to sear your meat if you choose, and cook it slower indirectly. Add a chunk of wood or a couple handful of wood chips to add another dimension!