You have gone through the wide range of products Char-Broil offers, made up your mind on the best buy, and taken your grill home. So, the next thing you are interested in is knowing how to use it, right? This will depend on what you are grilling.
Here are steps to follow when preparing steak using Char-Broil grill:
- Make sure that you buy the best meat. If you can get to a butcher, ask for their expertise on the meat quality.
- For best results, allow your meat to warm up before you start grilling. Make sure that it is at room temperature (not more than an hour). It allows the interior to cook to the right temperature.
- Ensure that your grill is well-cleaned and oiled.
- Oil the steaks by evenly applying neutral oil like canola or vegetable to ensure your steak does not stick to the grill.
- Preheat your grill to high temperatures to give your steak a perfect coating. You should make sure that your grill temperature remains at approx. 450 to 500-degree Fahrenheit. This allows it to sizzle when your steak lands on the grill.
- Understand when your steak has been grilled perfectly. The best thing to do is buying a digital thermometer to help you know when it is done. Internal temperature for rare steak is 125-degree F, 130 to 135-degree F for medium rare steak, and 150-degree F for excellent steak. Temperatures are measured in the middle of the steak.
- Allow your steak to rest before you begin cutting by tenting it with foil and leaving it for approx. 8 minutes. Doing this allows the fibers to relax as the juices redeploy back to the center.
Pro Tip: If your steak is about 2 inches thick, we recommend that you pull it off 5-degree F before your preferred target internal temperature. This allows it to cool well when you remove it from the grill.
If you love barbequing, then you understand how important it is to have a grill at home or in your apartment. Like other products, there are many grills in the market that are built to suit the needs of different people based on the amount of space you have, your budget, and more. Char-Broil is one of the most recognized names and if you love their products, you will love this Char-Broil guide.
Since its establishment in 1948, Char-Broil has been a well-known manufacturer of electric, gas, and charcoal grills, smokers as well as other related accessories. In fact, it is one of the pioneer companies to make the first charcoal grill. Char-Broil offers grilling solutions for homes at affordable pricing and has excellent features. When it comes to durability and efficiency, you will definitely love their products. You will find one that suits you in their wide range of models.
How to CharBroil Chicken
I love chicken! In fact, it is like a family cursing our love for chicken meat. If you want a perfectly browned, juicy grilled chicken, grilling it gives you the results you are looking for. I want to share some ideas on how we do it. Here are steps to follow when preparing chicken using Char-Broil grill:
- Leave the skin and bones intact as that is the perfect chicken for the grill. If you already bought skinless chicken, try to brine it for tenderness.
- Set up your Char-Broil grill for dual-zone cooking. When cooking, make sure that you cook your chicken by heating it indirectly.
- Make sure that your chicken is at room temperature before you start cooking. We recommend removing it from the fridge 15 minutes in advance. Remember that keeping it out of the refrigerator for more than one hour leads to contamination possibilities.
- Set your grill at medium temperature and place your chicken skin side up on the low heat side (indirect side) of the grill. Close the grill’s lid and cook your chicken for approx. 20-25 minutes.
- When you have about 10 minutes left to grill your chicken, coat or add sauce. Cook meat at around 165-degree F. Keep in mind that sauce burns easily which is why you should wait until your chicken is already cooked to add.
- When the fat melts down on the skin, turn your chicken skin side on the grill. If it sticks to the grill as you flip, that means it is not ready as the skin should come off easily when your chicken is fully cooked.
- Serve your grilled chicken (browned & crisped outside, juicy & moist inside) with your preferred sauce.
How to Char Broil Oysters
Can you imagine the flavor of cooking oysters in their shells on top of a little smoke and heat? It is mouthwatering! When you cook oysters over the grill, they open up their shell allowing them to obtain sufficient smokey taste. If you want to make oysters Rockefeller, you need oysters, tbsps. of: finely chopped fresh parsley, breadcrumbs, freshly grated parmesan cheese, and tbsps. of melted & cooled butter.
Here are steps to follow when preparing oysters using Char-Broil grill:
- Make your Char-Broil gas grill ready for indirect heat. Make a pouch using aluminum foil, place wood chips inside, make some holes, and heat to high levels. Let the grill smoke. You can also use Char-Broil’s Smoker Box instead of a foil pouch.
- Place your oysters on a moveable grill pan. Soak burlap in water. Wait until the grill is hot and smoke billows off of the box or wood chip packet and place the grill pan over low heat. Coat with burlap and cook for 5-7 minutes. Remove the bag carefully and let the oysters cook.
- Let your oysters cool for easy handling. Use a proper oyster shucking tool (or butter-knife) to pop the oysters open. Split the shells and leave the oyster meat in one half of the shell.
- Cook the bacon in a skillet till it turns crispy, cool on a paper towel lined plate and mince.
- Mix the cooked bacon and chopped parsley in a small bowl. Place the oysters back on the grill pan and dash each of them with the parsley bacon mix. Evenly pour butter into each shell and top with parmesan cheese and panko.
- Put the pan back on the grill (or under the broiler) and cook until toasted.
No homemade seafood will taste better than this!
How to use Char Broil Smoker
If you want to smoke food, your Char-Broil smoker is the go-to option as it uses indirect heat allowing the meat to cook for extended periods until they are tender. Smoking veggies and meats help add new tastes to the original flavor. We shall look at how to use a Char-Broil smoker on your gas grill:
- Choose the meat you wish to smoke. Chicken breasts, thin-sliced pork chops, and fish are my favorites. Beef brisket is also an excellent candidate but needs more commitment.
- Pick your wood from options such as alder wood, cherry produces, apple produces, or pecan. If you are smoking beef brisket, pick mesquite. You can also use aromatics like cinnamon sticks, fruit peels, herbs, or rosemary.
- Choose your wood size from options such as wood chunks, chips, or pellets.
- Pick your delivery method between smoking packets and smoker boxes. Also, make your choice between wet and dry smoke, and determine the amount of wood you need.
- Preheat your grill by turning one side high and the other one off. Place your wood chips and turn the burner low when they start to smoke.
- Put your meat on the unlit side of your grill. Smoking temperature range should be 230 to 250-degree F. Measure the temperatures using a digital probe thermometer.
Pro Tip: Always make sure that you measure the internal temperature of smoked meats before serving them. Also, ensure that the meats are at room temperature before smoking them.
How to use Char Broil Electric Smoker
If you opted for a Char-Broil electric smoker, you might be wondering how to use it. Read the guide below,
- Soak wood chips for two hours in wine, water, or any other permitted liquid.
- Coat the grill’s interior lid and body using non-stick veggie oil spray. Fill the water pan 2/3 full with hot water then add 1 ½ cup of wood chips to the reflector plate.
- Plug in your but ensure that the controller knob is OFF and also make sure your smoker is on a flat, even, and heat-proof surface. Turn the knob ON and high.
- Add whatever you are smoking and monitor the smoker’s temperature to make sure it remains at 250-degree F. If you must add wood chips or water, ensure you unplug the unit before doing so.
- Use a digital thermometer to measure your food’s internal temperature. Make sure it is cool before you serve.
Tip: Make sure that you read the manufacturer’s safety instructions or info before you start using your electric smoker. This will help prevent a fire or injury when grilling or smoking.
Alex Kinoti is a New Mexico native with 6 years of professional barbecuing experience and three years working at Home Depot. He is the editor here at Lucky Bull Grill and when he is not testing and reviewing grills, smokies, and other kitchen appliances, he runs his own hotel consulting business. Having graduated from the Culinary Institue of America, he spends a significant amount of time providing best-in-class advisory to clients looking to set up hotel businesses. At home, Alex likes spending time with his small family of two boys and a loving wife. With his extensive experience as a chef and as a top-notch hotel industry consultant, Alex brings his knowledge and skills to provide readers with the best guides and reviews of the best grills and smokers.
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