Barbequeing vs Grilling - What is the difference?
Actually, unknowingly, most people who say they are barbequing are
really grilling their food.
|What is the difference?
|Grilling is the technique of cooking over high heat in a
relatively quick period of time. I think mostly about grilling
hamburgers or steaks over charcoal or a gas grill when I hear people
talking about grilling. |
|On the other hand, barbequing is entirely different. Although
you can still use charcoal or gas, you are cooking at a very low
temperature for a very long period of time. Boston Butts and
brisket most definitely need this cooking technique. Another added
feature of barbequing is the use of smoke to add flavor. You can
use any of your favorite woods-pecan, apple, oak to name just a
few. If you do not have a smoker box, there are places who sell
canned wood for use in your grill. (See my links page for
information on Blue Moon Woods)|
|What is considered a low temperature? And for how long a period
of time should it be cooked?
|Well, generally the temperature should be kept at around 225° -
250° until done. The length of time will depend on the cut and size
of the meat. For example, a 5-7 lb Boston Butt should take
approximately 1½ - 2 hours per pound. Cook until you reach an
internal temperature of 170° - 180°, then wrap it in heavy foil and
take the internal temperature up to 190° - 195°. You can then
carefully open a corner of the foil and let the meat cool down, then
pull the meat with your hands or a fork. |
|But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. First of all, we
need to discuss the meats themselves; the methods of cutting to ensure
proper seasoning and even cooking; and the marinating and seasoning of
the meats before cooking.
This is something that I discuss and demonstrate during my Cooking
Classes at Brown's Home Kitchen Center --
See Photos on the
Meats page for more