When you think of a grill, most people assume you’re eating on a barbecue grill. This isn’t necessarily the case, and there are many ways to grill without a grill. In fact, you can even make a smoker inside a wok. You can also turn a terracotta planter into a grill.
Make a smoker inside a wok
If you have a wok that does not come with a grill, you can make a smoker inside it. This will provide an excellent source of smoke for your dishes. In fact, Michael Pollan, author of A Field Guide to Finding Food in the World, has compiled recipes and studied the science of smoking food.
When making a smoker inside a wok, you will need to make sure that you do not heat up the wok to high temperatures. Instead, you will want to use medium-high heat. You can preheat the wok by turning on the gas burner, opening the windows, or using an exhaust fan.
Before you begin, you will need to wash your wok. This is important for two reasons. One, to remove any residue from your food, and two, to ensure that your wok remains in good condition.
Once you have washed your wok, it is time to season it. You can do this on the stove or in the oven.
Turn a terracotta planter into a grill
A terracotta planter may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to BBQing but it can make a great grilling vessel. In fact, you’ll be able to fit up to a dozen burgers in it and a lot of other goodies such as fries and salads. And, what’s more, it’ll be heat resistant thanks to the bricks in the base.
What are some terra cotta planter grilling ideas? For starters, you’ll want to look for a round grate. This will allow you to cook up your food with some of the best results. If you are looking for a more hands-off approach, try using a steel cake rack. It will still be hot in a pinch but it’ll be a breeze to clean up.
Another option is to use charcoal briquettes. You can find these at the hardware store or garden center. As for lining it up, you can use either aluminum foil or a thin layer of dry sand.
Get smoky flavor enhancers
Are you a fan of your favorite smoked meats but lack the outdoor space and budget to fire up the grill? If so, consider investing in an indoor barbecue. A smoker is the best way to get that signature smoky taste without sacrificing the environment. Plus, you can smoke your food for a fraction of the price of going out to the nearest BBQ joint. You can also use liquid smoke to add a smoky flavor to your favorite barbecued concoctions.
For a more hands on approach, you can get a smoky flavor by rubbing a mixture of cumin and other ingredients on your favorite vegetables before grilling or broiling them. While this may seem like a no brainer, it isn’t always possible to do so. Fortunately, there are many smoky spice blends on the market today. One of the more popular ones is the spicy chipotle rub from Mexico. This is a good complement to other smoky meats such as brisket.
Get grill marks
If you want to learn how to get grill marks without a grill, you can start with a cast iron ridge pan. These are the easiest way to get great sear marks. The ridges of the pan contact the meat in the same way the bars on a grill grate do. They create perfectly spaced grill marks.
Another easy way to get grill marks is to use a hot skewer. To do this, heat a metal skewer with a gas stove or a culinary torch. Press the skewer onto the meat and then press it again so it leaves a nice imprint.
You can also try grilling the meat in a panini press. It works just as well as an electric griller. But, you will need to preheat it beforehand to ensure that it is hot enough.
If you plan on grilling multiple pieces of meat, you will need to rotate them so they cook on both sides. This will help seal in the flavor of the meat.