Be One With Your Inner Caveman
Whether you are a man or woman, grilling allows you to connect to your inner primal being; the caveman that lives deep down inside of all of us.
Once in a while we need to act on some of our primal instincts, and for me the easiest way is to cook on a hot grill. The glowing coals combined with the smoky aroma of seared meat really taps into that inner caveman, but I suggest you take it one step further and ditch the grate.
Yes, you can grill directly on hot coals, and it’s easier than you think. Here’s how:
- Get some nice hot coals, preferably hardwood lump charcoal, ready to roar with a charcoal chimney starter. Use briquets at your own discretion as they may contain other agents, such as lime, to produce a white ash as an aid in letting the cook know they are hot ‘n’ ready.
- When your coals are nice and evenly lit, dump them out on your lower grate and create a nice even bed. You can easily move the coals around with a simple, handheld garden hoe. Wear mitts!
- Gently fan off the top layer of ash. I usually fan with my mitt or a piece of cardboard. Food Network’s Alton Brown even suggests a blowdryer.
- Lay your meat, fruit, or vegetables down on the coal and keep a close watch on the time. This is going to go fast! For example, the flank steak pictured above roughly takes about two minutes per side.
- Need to flip your meat? Lift the meat off the coals with a good set of tongs, with another tool scrape off any coal or ash that may have stuck (if the meat is cooked right, there shouldn’t be much at all). Then just turn it over and lay the uncooked side on the coals.
- When your done, pull the food off and brush off ash or coals before you let it rest. You don’t want any hot coals sneaking onto your dish, especially if it’s plastic!
That’s it! You’ll discover an entirely new array of flavors when cooking directly on coal and the aromas are sure to bring over the neighbors. Hopefully, that’s a good thing.
Please, only do this on a charcoal grill. Do not try this on a gas grill. That could be messy. The Grilling Addiction team and I have had a lot of fun playing around with different things that we can cook directly on the coals, and whether it be a marinated flank steak or an array of vegetables, cooking directly on the fire always attracts a crowd.
Let us know how it goes, don’t forget to post your comments.