Category: Grill

7 Ways to Cook Out without a Grill 

If you think owning a grill is the only way you could quench your thirst of cooking in your backyard or anywhere outside your home, it is an outright lie. Summers summon you outside and if you have nothing good to eat, your summer may be ruined. At times like this, it may suck not having a grill. But fortunately enough, there are numerous methods you might fall back on to confront the dearth of grill and pull off amazing recipes outside your home without much effort into the grilling business. There are DIY hacks that can get your near to a grilling experience without a grill. These methods can even replace the idea of a conventional grill that you may harbour in your mind. Without luring you much, let us begin with the actual thing. 

Use your broiler 

If you bring a slightly different perspective, your broiler might pass off as your makeshift grill. Look at your broiler as a grill that has been put upside down. Heat provided from top would result in excellent amount of charring. You can easily achieve it with your regular broiler in the kitchen. The downside is highlighted by the fact that there would be no smoky flavour. 

Try grill pans 

Grill pans can come in handy with their ridges. These ridges can provide grill marks easily. The only thing is that you would not draw a smoky flavor out of this method. The better news is that grill pans are cheaply available. 

Or simply pitch in barbecue ingredients 

One of the easiest ways to achieve a smoky flavor is to utilize smoky ingredients in your cooking. You can go with smoked paprika or smoked salt or even smoky olive oil to fake a smoky flavor without much effort. 

Or consider smoking over grilling

You can always go for an electric smoker to get the smoky flavor without the grill. Though it sounds absurd, it is one of the easiest ways. 

Try clay pot to come up with a makeshift grill 

Well, if you have a clay pot large enough, you can use some aluminum foil and metallic wires to construct a makeshift grill out of it. Put in it some charcoal to give it a flavourful kick. The food that you grill on this clay pot would end up with a smoky flavor for sure. 

Old washing machine turned into a grill 

If you are about to throw out a washing machine that has been rendered useless, give the decision a second thought as you could easily put in some work to obtain a makeshift grill out of it. It does not hurt to recycle things when food is the matter. 

Last but not the least 

You can easily convert waste soda cans into fully functional miniature models of grills. These soda can grills can easily take the load of a sausage. 

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So these 7 ways ensure that you never fail to enjoy your summer without smoky food. So do not be lazy now, make yourself one! 

How do you use the charcoal grill – Techniques  

Grilling has rapidly become the most heavenly aspect of cooking with its versatility and universality. With outdoor grilling marking the best of the grilling world, the charcoal grill has carved its own niche. Charcoal grill stands out since it lends the best grill flavor to any food that comes its way. This is apparent in everything that is cooked on the charcoal grill. If the same food finds itself on any other grill, its taste is remarkably different from what it would have been on the charcoal grill. Building on these facets already present, we tend to find out how we can draw maximum advantage from the charcoal grill in our backyard. So, let us take a heavenly ride on this write-up. 

Starting the charcoal grill: 

You can consider using traditional briquettes as fuel. They are cheap and burn longer than other fuels. For an intense flame lending a smoky flavor, try hardwood charcoal; it is consumed faster though.  

A way is to use newspaper stuffed at the lower part of the charcoal chimney. Let charcoal occupy the rest of the chimney. Then remove the grate of the grill and replace it with the chimney. After that, bring the newspaper to flames. 

Subject the charcoal to flames until a greyish white ash appears on its surface. Ideally, about 5 to 10 minutes would take the charcoal to a high heat while 25 to 30 minutes would be required for a medium heat. 

Another technique is to spread a paper towel that has been soaked in vegetable oil, over the grate. This method prevents sticking of food to the grates. 

Utilize medium heat: 

As mentioned earlier, medium heat requires about 25 to 30 minutes. Food items that contain proteins and are required to be properly cooked through are to be placed on medium heat. Such items include fish, chicken, sausages, eggplant, pineapple, scallions, hot dogs and pork chops. 

Such foods use marinades. Marinated food can result in charring over high heat.  

Further, you can consider using more citrus and soy sauce to penetrate through the meat. This significantly brings down the cooking time. 

Utilizing high heat: 

As it is already discussed, high heat requires about 5 to 10 minutes. Food items that go well with high heat include onions, corns, burgers, and steaks. 

High heat provides you with the advantage of getting a seared surface with tender meat on the inside.  

A technique is to create two heat zones. It is done by stacking more charcoal on a side. This side can be used to obtain a sear while food items can be moved to the relatively cooler side for cooking items through. 

Instead of immediately, allow your meat to stand for at least 5 minutes before slicing it. 


It is recommended that you clean your grill immediately after taking off the food items from it. Use a stiff wire brush to clean effectively. 


So far, we have discussed some techniques of using your charcoal grill. If pulled off properly, these techniques can prove effective. Happy grilling!