How to get charcoal taste with gas grill?

Grills have become ubiquitous in the food industry of today. This particular fact has led to innovation in grilling technology. Now you need not be running for wood chips for grilling your meat. Grills today are available with gas and even electricity. These technologies eliminate charcoal. While such advancements may be considered appropriate, it is essential to realize that the whole idea of barbecuing comes from charcoal. If you are familiar with the taste of charcoal grilled food, you would notice an essence in that food which is hard to locate anywhere else; that is to say, gas grills or electric grills are not capable of normally lending that essence to your food. That may sound like a bummer. However, if you are stuck with a gas grill, you can bring into practice certain methods that bring your grilled food closer to the essence of charcoal. Let us see what those methods are. 

Use the lid 

It is advised that you avoid covering your food on a charcoal grill as far as possible but here the recommendation is otherwise. When you grill your food, cover it with the lid and certain amount of heat would remain intact. This way, you are bound to get a stunning char of the same grade as that of a charcoal grill.  

Some work for heat 

You need a pretty good amount of heat to obtain a good char. For that, consider chucking aluminum foil or baking sheet on an idle grill and replace with your food immediately after enough heat develops. Be conscious of your movements and rest assured, you would not be disappointed. 

Or try smoker box 

This box basically contains wood chips. You can easily put it on your grill and place your food along with it. The end product of this method has a flavor close to charcoal. This would be magical. 

Use rubs and dressings meant for charcoal grill 

This is arguably the best way to get a charcoal-like taste on any grill. These rubs would lend the flavor of charcoal to your food without having to tweak the grill much. Again, the end product would be stunning. 

Try something different with your gas grill 

A charcoal grill is capable of providing different heat zones on a single grate. You can obtain something similar from your gas grill. You can easily turn a part of the grill to high flame and a part of a low flame or even turn it off. This would create heat zones similar to a charcoal grill and provide for more breakdown reactions of proteins and thus provide a better flavor. 

To sum it up, your gas grill is quite capable and can easily pass for a charcoal grill without much effort. The pleasure of charcoal grill can be relished at the comfort of your home where only a gas grill can work. Mind you, there is nothing better than this if you love food. So, start experimenting with your gas grill. All the best! 

Cuisinart Griddler Recipe – Smoked Chicken Cobb Salad

One may assert that chicken is way too common. Accepted. Yes, chicken is pretty common and is arguably the food most experimented with worldwide. In fact, its ubiquity is what makes its essence as it is loved by almost everyone. Talking about experiments, having grill and chicken together makes way for enough experiments to fulfill a foodie’s life. Moreover, we cannot really brush aside the nutrition-related with chicken, we can only enhance it, and here we are going to do just that. Furthermore, this salad is loaded with enough flavors to appeal to you. So, let us now go on to discuss the recipe. 

The required time and other little details: 

This recipe is healthy and fairly easy to make. The preparation in discussion here would serve about 4 people. It takes about 30 minutes to prepare Chicken Cobb Salad and a total time of about 48 minutes to come up with it on the platter. 

Some nutritional information: 

It is considered good to know what a particular food does to your body, hence this information. Your salad carries with it the following: 

  • About 4.5 grams of fiber 
  • 8.9 grams of carbohydrates 
  • A staggering 27.2 grams of protein 
  • Quite fatty at 21.7 grams 
  • A whopping 333 calories 

The nutritional information is quite a testimony to the health benefits attached to this recipe. 

The required ingredients: 

Cooking takes in some amount of raw material and this recipe, too, has a list of items to be kept ready. That list is as follows: 

  • About 1.5 ounces of crumbled blue cheese 
  • 2 large eggs, cooked hard, split into four pieces and chilled 
  • About ¼ inch thick slices of 2 tomatoes 
  • 1/3rd of a cup filled with avocado, diced and peeled 
  • Half a cup of basil leaves, fresh and chopped 
  • 4 cups full of baby spinach 
  • 1/3 cup of chicken stock, unsalted 
  • 2 boneless and skinless chicken breasts 
  • A teaspoon of canola oil 
  • 3 slices of bacon 
  • 3 tablespoons of water 
  • A minced clove of garlic 
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper, freshly ground 
  • ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt 
  • A tablespoon of lemon juice, fresh 
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil, extra-virgin 
  • Half a cup of diced avocado, for dressing 

Once you have these items ready, you may proceed further with the cooking procedure. 

The procedure of cooking: 

As said earlier, this recipe is fairly easy. However, you must stick to the steps that follow in order to tend to perfection. 

  • Use your food processor to blend water, garlic clove, black pepper, kosher salt, lemon juice, olive oil and diced avocado together. 
  • Cook your bacon in a skillet while placed on a medium flame for some time.  
  • Take your bacon out of this pan and place chicken on it. Spend about 5-6 minutes sautéing the chicken and shred when done. 
  • Now prepare your griddle. Place stock and chicken and heat over medium-high flame. 
  • Allow smoke to be around the chicken for about 10 minutes. 
  • Grab a huge bowl and add to it basil, romaine, and spinach. Mix them well. 
  • Now distribute cheese, eggs, tomatoes, avocado, chicken, and bacon evenly in plates. 
  • Pour some drops of oil over the salad so obtained. 

That’s it, your recipe is ready. 

If you have access to a griddle and some chicken, do not wait for anything else, just cook!