The Hinged Grill Grate
Ever been in a situation where you need to add more charcoal to your kettle, but you don’t want to set a hot grate of goodies in the grass? Ever had the urge to add some wood chips to the coals, but you’re too afraid your steak will take a spill? Of course you have!
To help boost grilling gumption, there is specialized equipment available. Hinged grill grates are a helpful piece of hardware, adding convenience and increasing flavor possibilities.
As a matter of fact, I recently purchased a hinged grate for use this upcoming weekend to cook a few whole chickens.
The fowls’ fate will include two hours of indirect charcoal heat while perched atop cans of America’s finest lager. I plan to nest the two birds in the middle of the grate with coals positioned on two sides in the bottom of the kettle. The birds will each be set upright and stuffed with a half-full, 16-ounce can of beer.
To make sure the heat stays at a medium temperature, I plan to add a few fresh coals to the kettle right before placing the birds on. I’ll also periodically add some soaked apple wood chips. What’s sweet is that adding this material can easily be done by flipping up the two sides of this grate! You don’t have to take the whole grate off to add stuff to the fire.
This recipe is just one example where hinged grates work well when preparing foods that require lengthy cooking time. These grates usually run about $20 and are worth every penny!