Charcoal Grill Cooking: The difference between Direct and Indirect cooking

Now that we’re full swing into summer, many people are in the backyard, creating wonderful dishes with charcoal grill cooking. Cooking on a grill is nothing new, but there are so many innovative charcoal grills now on the market, using either Direct or Indirect cooking methods.

Direct charcoal grill cooking means that the food is placed and cooked directly over the coals. To evenly cook food using the direct method, food should be turned once, halfway through the grilling time. Most of the time, grill masters will cook using the direct method for less than 25 minutes on foods like steaks, pork chops, shish kabobs, grilled veggies, and the like.

Indirect charcoal grill cooking is used for delicate foods, or foods that require more than 25 minutes of cook time. Since the indirect method does not give direct exposure to the coals and flames, foods cooked via the indirect method will retain their moisture better. Foods that benefit from the indirect method include roasts, bone-in poultry, whole fish, and fish fillets. Heat rises and circulates around the grill, slowly cooking evenly on all sides, so there is no need to turn over the food while cooking.

Whether you are a charcoal grill pro or just getting started with charcoal grill cooking, our friendly and helpful Team Members are always happy to be of assistance. Our Xpert Advisors can help you gather all the charcoal grill cooking supplies you’ll need, helping to point out the direct and indirect cooking method grills we offer at Friedman’s Home Improvement.

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