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Here is where we answer the what, why, where, when, and how of grilling. Because the more you know, the better armed you’ll be at the grill to make the right decisions, and be able to plan and execute better by knowing exactly what’s happening and why.

Below you’ll find discussions on how to use different types of grills, different styles and techniques you can use while grilling, how to control temperature, science and theory of grilling, and more.

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A whole roasted chicken with crispy skin, on a wooden table.
Grilling Guides

How to Get Crispy Chicken Skin: This Method Works Every Time

Who doesn’t love crispy chicken skin? But how many times has it come out moist and rubbery? Learn how to get crispy chicken skin, by combining and ‘stacking’ some of the methods below that will all but guarantee crispness every time.

A steak resting under foil on a cutting board.
Grilling Guides

How Long to Rest Steak: Follow This Advice for Optimal Results

As you explore the world of barbecue and try to enhance your skills, you’ll uncover no end of “secrets” to better grilling. Even something that seems basic –cooking a steak– has insider tricks and tips for the best results. Read on to learn how resting a steak is key to serving it at its peak.

A blu rare, grilled wagyu ribeye steak cut in half.
Grilling Guides

What is Blue Steak? Is it Safe to Eat?

Some enthusiasts find a fringe niche to enjoy with anything popular like comic book fans and cosplay or that guy on TV who travels the world catching monster fish. For steak eaters, it’s ordering or cooking “blue” steak. No, it’s not Smurf meat — but it may be the next logical step for anyone who loves their steak “bloody as hell.”

Steaks cooked from rare to well done, on forks on a dark background.
Grilling Guides

Steak Doneness Guide — With Photo Chart and Cooking Times

Do you know your steak doneness levels? When your steak is rare, medium-rare, medium, medium well, or well done? Do you know the temperatures of each level? How firm should the steaks feel, and how pink should the center be? You will once you finish this guide.

An array of meat, vegetables, corn and kebabs on a grill.
Grilling Guides

21 Grilling Mistakes You Can EASILY Fix Today to Improve Your Cookouts

If you plan to have garden parties and be at the helm of the grill this summer, then there’s a lot riding on your grilling skills! Grilling seems simple, but a lot can quickly go wrong. Luckily for you, we’ve put together a list of common mistakes and professional advice on how to avoid them.

frozen burgers on cutting board with a rosemary sprig in the background.
Grilling Guides

How to Grill Frozen Burgers — Less Fuss, Safe, So Why Not?

You can safely grill burgers from frozen, you just need to tweak your method slightly to account for the fact they are frozen. But it saves some fuss and effort having to defrost them, so is a good technique to have up your sleeve. Here's how.

Some of the best steaks for grilling laid out on a dark surface, with spices and kitchen tools.
Grilling Theory

11 Best Steaks for Grilling — And Exactly How to Cook Each One

Because not all steaks are created equal, we decided to cook up a selection of eleven steaks for you to try on your grill. From all-time favorites to a handful of lesser-known but outstanding cuts, these are the best steaks for grilling that you simply must try.

Gas grill with onions, teak and other bits, and a man holding tongs to flip them.
Grilling Theory

Grilling Tips to Level up Your Grill Skills and Improve Your Next Cookout

Level up your grill game with the following list of grilling tips to make your next grill-out easier and more successful. From getting that Instagrammable sear to adding insane layers of flavor, from preventing food from sticking to the grates to tenderizing tough cuts before cooking.

Steaks and small items of food being cooked on an infrared grill.
Grilling Theory

Infrared Grills — Advantages, Disadvantages and How They Work

Infrared grills are a relatively new technology for the home cook. They get super hot superfast, so you can knock out food quickly, and they can create the best sear on food you've ever had. Are you Interested to know more? Then read on.

The top portion of a how-to use a charcoal grill infographic.
Grilling Guides

How to use a Charcoal Grill: My Advice after 20 Years Experience

The only guide to using a charcoal grill you’ll ever need, this article is a monster! A complete, no stone left unturned, detailed A to Z instructional guide on how to use and master your charcoal grill to cook anything at any temperature.

Chicken pieces smoking on a grill.
Grilling Theory

How Long to Grill Chicken — For Perfect Texture and Moisture

Chicken comes in many different forms: Whole, wings, thighs, breasts, bone-in and out … How long does each cut need grilling for, to be safe for eating, and tasty too? What if you grill for too long? Or not long enough? Read on for the details.

Close up of Himalayan slat blocks used for grilling, sitting in a charred wooden holder.
Grilling Guides

Himalayan Salt Block Grilling — How To and Why You Should Try It

Himalayan salt is loved for its healing benefits and nutritional value. But did you know you can grill on it too? Learn the technique and benefits in our latest guide covering how to grill on a slat block, why you should, and many tips and tricks to get you going.

A smoker tray full of wood dust that can be used to turn a gas grill into a smoker.
Grilling Guides

How to Smoke on a Gas Grill — It’s Easy, and Super Effective!

Did you know you can smoke on your gas grill? It sounds a bit far-fetched, but is actually easier than you think! All you need is a smoke box or foil pouch, some wood chips, and this guide that details all the required steps, plus a video to follow.

Close up of grilling indoors 2 steaks in a skillet.
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How to Grill Indoors — Can you still get Outdoor BBQ Flavor?

Can you get outdoor grilling quality and taste while cooking indoors? It’s debatable. We explore this question and look at options in our latest guide on grilling, where we take a good look at the many options for indoor grilling equipment and a few cheats you can make with your existing hob and oven.

A close up shot a vacuum packed frozen steak.
Grilling Guides

Grilling Frozen Steak — How to go From Freezer to Plate in Record Time

Did you know you can grill steak from frozen? It can actually result in fantastic steak, done to perfect doneness levels if you keep in mind these few little tips. Maybe not surprisingly, it can even help avoid overcooking the center while you build a deliciously tasty crust!

Ribs cooking indirect on a kettle style charcoal grill.
Grilling Guides

Indirect Grilling — What is it? Why Use it? And How to Set Up for it

Open up many more possibilities on your grill by learning how to set up for indirect cooking. In this configuration, you can grill, smoke, roast, and even bake, pretty much enabling you to cook anything on your grill that you would in your kitchen. Here’s how to do it.

A blue charcoal grill being used on a wooden deck loaded with meats grilling.
Grilling Theory

Can I use my Charcoal Grill on a Wooden Deck?

Grilling on a charcoal deck comes with some issues. Not only can you easily ruin your decking by dropping charcoal and charring it, but it’s an obvious fire hazard too. So you need to protect it and manage the fire risk. Here’s how to grill on your decking safely.

A grill party with friends gathered round a smoking BBQ laughing.
Grilling Theory

What is Grilling — And Why Do We Love It So Much?

What is the definition of grilling? How does it differ from BBQ, or smoking, or any other outdoor cooking technique? In this short piece, we define grilling, how it differs from other techniques, and why we love it so much (Hint: Flavor!)

A brand-new Weber Mastertouch grill ready for seasoning before use.
Grilling Guides

Seasoning a New Grill — How to Prepare it for Cooking

Your new grill comes with oils and contaminants from the factory it was made in that when burned, produce nasty smoke and taint the taste of any food you cook. Seasoning is all about burning this off before it gets on your food. Here’s how.

A firelighter being placed into a bed of lump charcoal.
Grilling Guides

How to Light Charcoal Without Lighter Fluid — 6 Easy Ways

In this guide, we talk you through 5 different ways to light your charcoal grill or smoker without lighter fluid. Some methods are more efficient, effective, and quicker than others. We also talk you through using lighter fluid correctly, just in case and for completeness.

A temperature gauge showing 350 degrees c on a red Kamado Joe grill.
Grilling Guides

How to Control Temperature on a Charcoal Grill or Smoker

Hitting and maintaining consistent temperatures inside your grills and smokers is probably the most essential skill you will learn toward mastering outdoor cooking. So in this guide, we look at how to control the temperature in your charcoal grill precisely. It’s easy when you know how!

Afterburner steak grilling on top of two charcoal chimneys.
Grilling Guides

Afterburner Chimney Seared Steak — A Screaming Hot Searing Method

Afterburner steak is so named because the flames out of the chimney look like the afterburner out the rear of a jet. It’s screaming hot, cooks very quickly, and is a fantastic way to sear thin steaks, creating great crust without overcooking the center.

A weber kettle set up for two-zone grilling.
Grilling Guides

Two-Zone Grilling Method: A Must-Have Skill to Master Your Grill

Two-zone grilling enables you to cook at different temperatures on the same grill, with direct radiant heat and indirect convection heat simultaneously. Or to have a safe zone away from flames if things get too hot, and you need to calm down the grilling. Here’s how you do it.

Man under an umbrella lighting a BBQ in the rain.
Grilling Guides

Top Tips for Grilling in the Rain — The Barbecue Must Go On

BBQ, whatever the weather! The show must go on! Use whatever cliché or saying you like, but rain does not have to stop play! Here are all the tips you need to carry on cooking outdoors when the heavens have opened while keeping yourself and your food dry.

A bone in ribeye steak on a grill with flames licking around it.
Grilling Guides

How Long to Grill Steak, Rare to Well Done, Times and Temperatures

How long should you grill steak to get your preferred doneness level? It varies, of course, and mostly on the thickness of the cut. Read on to learn the grilling times and target temperatures of steaks from rare to well done, from under 1 inch to over 2 inches thick.