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Tips for Indirect Cooking on a Grill

Use these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet and Weber for indirect cooking on a gas and charcoal grill.

Whether you’re a beginner or a grill master, there are plenty of ways you can cook up your favorite food on the grill. One of those ways is indirect cooking. Indirect cooking slowly cooks delicate food while locking in flavor and texture. Use these tips from Weber for indirect cooking on a gas or charcoal grill.

Tips for Indirect Cooking on a Grill
Slowly cook roasts, turkeys, fish fillets and more with these indirect cooking tips from Weber and Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Direct vs Indirect Cooking

Direct cooking on the grill is simple – add the charcoal or turn on the burners, depending on what type of grill you cook with. Indirect cooking is just as easy. The Indirect Method is like roasting, but you get the grilled texture, flavor, and appearance that can’t be obtained by using an oven. Heat rises, reflects off the lid and inside surfaces of the grill, and slowly cooks the food evenly on all sides. The circulating heat works like a convection oven, so there’s no need to rotate the food. Use the Indirect Method for foods that need 25 minutes or more on the grill. You can also use it for foods that are so delicate that direct exposure to the heat source would dry them out or scorch them. Examples include roasts, ribs, whole chickens, turkeys, and other large cuts of meat, as well as delicate fish fillets.

Indirect Cooking on a Charcoal Grill

To grill by the Indirect Method on a charcoal grill, arrange hot coals evenly on either side of the charcoal grate. A drip pan placed in the center of the charcoal grate between the coals is useful to collect drippings that can be used for gravies and sauces. It also helps prevent flare-ups when cooking fattier foods such as goose, duck, or fatty roasts. For longer cooking times, add water to the drip pan to keep drippings from burning. Place the cooking grate over the coals and place the food on the cooking grate, centered over the drip pan or empty space. Place the lid on the grill and lift it only to baste or check for doneness at the end of the suggested cooking time.

Indirect Cooking on a Gas Grill

To grill by the Indirect Method on a gas grill, preheat the grill with all burners on High. Then adjust the burners on each side of the food to the temperature noted in the recipe and turn off the burner(s) directly below the food. For best results, place roasts, poultry, or large cuts of meat on a roasting rack set inside a disposable heavy-gauge foil pan. For longer cooking times, add water to the foil pan to keep drippings from burning.

Thanks to Weber for the indirect cooking tips. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find Weber charcoal grills, gas grills and grill accessories so you can be a grill master in your own backyard. For more tips on grilling up your favorite foods, visit our Grilling blog.

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