How Do You Choose A BBQ Grill And BBQ Smoker?
To start we must first dispense with some basic concepts. Barbecue refers to low and slow cooking (think pulled pork, beef brisket, tender and juicy pork ribs). Grilling refers to hot and fast cooking (think steaks, pork chops, hamburger and various kinds of kabobs). Generally speaking, barbecue refers to cooking with wood over a low heat in order to bring the internal temperature of the meat being cooked up to edible temperature slowly so as to avoid losing moisture (i.e. tenderness) from large cuts of meat. For example, cooking a 14 lb. beef brisket using the hot and fast method will most likely leave you with meat that is burnt on the outside and raw in the middle. Many barbecue cooks use indirect heat (i.e. fire source is offset from the cooking chamber) versus direct heat (i.e. first source is located in direct proximity to the cooking chamber) to help combat this issue. Some examples of indirect-style barbecue cookers versus direct style barbecue cookers are the ever-popular “tan