Grilling with wood and smoke will give your meats unbeatable flavor and aroma. It will also give you the best opportunity to control the flavors that are present. With a longer cooking time and a much slower heating process, you’ll also find that your food is far more savory and tender. Following are 5 reasons why wood and smoke is the best way to BBQ.
Charcoal Grilling Is Dangerous
Many people are surprised to discover that grilling with charcoal is actually dangerous, especially if you barbecue often and consume a lot of grilled meat. This fuel source releases a considerable number of chemicals, even when it’s used properly. Although charcoal grilling can lead to an approval-worthy taste, it will also result in your eating a lot of unnecessary toxins. If you’re grilling for health benefits in an effort to get away from the extra fat of pan-fried foods, this type of cooking will significantly diminish the overall benefits of using an open fire.
Slow Cooking Makes Meat More Succulent
If you’ve become a master of coals, you probably know how to perfectly time the cooking process so that your meats are singed, dry and flavorless when you finally pull them off. Grilling with wood and smoke, however, takes the guesswork out of this process. This is a slow, leisurely experience, especially if you’re grilling over a campfire while the kids play in the grass and the adults sip drinks. You’ll have plenty of time to socialize, munch on salads and other side dishes and can enjoy savory, succulent meats that are perfectly cooked through. Slow cooking firms the skin and traps the natural juices in. You’ll never have meat that’s more tender and enjoyable than meat that has been lovingly smoked for several hours.
Wood And Smoke Are Far More Versatile
A true grill master will have countless ways to cook. When you opt to grill your meat with wood and smoke, you’ll open the door to a realm of endless possibilities. You can cook over chipped wood, chunks of wood or whole logs. Each option will give you different sizes of smoke plumes, a specific amount of moisture and faster or slower cooking times. You also have countless options in wood types to choose from and this means that you can control the flavor and intensity of your smoke and the heat. You can match your setup perfectly to the type and cuts of meat that you’re grilling. This isn’t a level of flexibility that you can enjoy when using charcoal or a propane grill.
Treat Your Fish And Vegetables Right
Not only does grilling with wood and smoke give you more options in terms of how you can cook your meat, but it also gives you the ability to cook fish and vegetables perfectly. Lower heat and slower cooking times means that you can infuse these with more flavor. You can also match your wood to what you’re cooking for a truly phenomenal taste. Few things are better than wild caught salmon that’s been slow roasted over apple or pear wood but salmon cooked over a charcoal fire always leaves something to be desired. Vegetables that have been steamed over an all-wood fire have a crisp, vibrant taste that is unmatched by any other cooking method. They also retain a far greater amount of their nutrients.
Change Your Soaks
Your wood should be soaked in water for at least an hour before you get ready to grill. After all, this is where your smoke will come from. If you’re grilling a rack of lamb, consider dropping a few mint leaves in the water to infuse the smoke with a subtle, minty taste. If you’re grilling tuna, add a generous amount of dill to the water for your smoke and create flavors that will leave mouths watering. There are countless ways to make your wood smoke and you’ll create a mind-numbing array of flavors before you even exhaust the possibilities with herbs.
Ultimately, a return to basic fuel sources when grilling outdoors will allow you to regain control over every aspect of your meal; flavor, aroma, taste and even nutritional benefits. For people who love to grill, having access to such a wealth of cooking options is nothing short of exciting. With each meal, you can find ways to add something new and intriguing to your mix.
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