Friday, August 2, 2013

Barbecuing Vs. Grilling

There is a difference between Barbecuing and Grilling?

Most people use the terms "Barbecuing" and "Grilling" synonymously. However, these are two different cooking styles. It may be difficult to break the habit of using these words interchangeably, but let's talk about what make these techniques unique.


It's much more common among general households to grill. This practice is what most people refer to when they talk about grilling or barbecuing. Grill units fit into two different categories - open and covered. Covered grills come with a lid to hold in the heat and cook the food completely through

Grilling is typically a fast method of cooking. Users place meat and other food items directly on the grill above a heat source. Grilling requires high temperatures to cook the meat faster, resulting in a tender finish. Additionally, it is recommended that you use smaller cuts of meat in order to cook them more completely. Following are some examples of common meats that would best be used for grilling:
Outdoor Bison Cart
  • Steaks
  • Burgers
  • Boneless chicken
  • Fish
  • Hot dogs


It's completely different to barbecue your food. Barbecuing is a very slow method of cooking and can take several hours. A barbecue smokes and cooks food at a low temperature over a long time to cook it completely through. Barbecues also have a closed design to aid in smoking the food. Unlike grilling, the food is separated from the heat source and is indirectly heated.

The type of barbecue determines where that heat source is located. A water pan is used in some barbecues to separate the food from the heat source; others use a small box called a fire box. Because the barbecuing process is much slower and done at a lower temperature, it is more common to cook large cuts of meat with these units. Barbecuing is much less common than grilling because it requires a lot of attention over a long period of time and sometimes even requires that the fuel source is replenished. Here are some examples of common meats that would best be used for barbecuing:
Bayou Classic BBQ
  • Ribs
  • Pork shoulder
  • Brisket

Which kind should I get?

When considering whether you should buy a grill or a barbecue, think about a few different things. First, what kind of meat do you want to cook? If you want to cook smaller cuts of meat, it's wise to go with a grill over a barbecue. Second, how long do you want the cooking process to be? A grill is the best option for someone looking to cook up a quick dinner. Because of the convenience offered, grills are definitely the more popular option. However, barbecues allow you to create many meals that you may be unable to dish up with a grill.

In the end, the decision is yours. Choose the type of appliance that suits your cooking pursuits - you can't go wrong! With 25 years of background in the fireplace, chimney, wood stove and outdoor living markets, Woodland Direct is one of the largest and most experienced companies serving the market. Call one of our NFI certified team experts at 800.919.1904 to discuss your purchase today. 

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