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2012 - Summer Issue
Casas Bonitas
Outdoor Living
Article: Jessica Muncrief
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Whether you use a kettle or kamado, there is no limit to what you can do on your charcoal grill. Enhance the traditional menu of plain steaks by cooking everything from pizza to stew to roasts. With so many great accessories and tools on the market, you can easily transform yourself from a novice to a master griller in no time.

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3.) KettlePizza

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The Kettle Pizza
A trend that has really become popular in the last few years is cooking pizza on the grill. The KettlePizza is based on the premise that pizza baking requires high heat and a consistent temperature that traditional grills cannot adequately provide do to the need to constantly open and close the lid. As their website notes, "The common result is a well done bottom and under cooked toppings." The solution to this problem is a simple, stainless steel sleeve insert that creates a cooking chamber. An opening in the front allows you to watch the pizza without having to remove the lid. The result is a consistent temperature reaching up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit and an evenly cooked pizza. The KettlePizza will fit all kettle grill models and, with a price tag somewhere between $130 to $270 based on the size of your grill, it is a simple and inexpensive way to ensure perfect pizza every time.

A Dutch Oven
These sturdy pots are perfect for making everything from soups and stews to cobblers and even bread right on the grill. They are also versatile in that you can cook directly on the bottom of the pot or use inserts such as racks and smaller pans to create a number of different dishes. Your best bet for charcoal cooking is a heavy, cast iron version with a flat bottom and tight fitting lid that really seals in the heat. While you can cook almost anything that you can make at home in this handy device, be aware that that recipe adjustments may be necessary, particularly in regards to liquids as the tight lid creates steam inside the pot. Look for recipes specifically tailored to Dutch oven cooking. The Big Green Egg's online publication Cooking Tips & Techniques: Dutch Oven Basics is available for free on their website and includes some fantastic recipes like Italian cioppino, veggie noodle stir fry, and bananas Foster.

Raised Grids
Raised grids have the dual benefit of enlarging your grilling area as well as allowing for both direct and indirect cooking simultaneously. Direct grilling is cooking items right over the heat source. This is how you would typically grill steaks, burgers and fish. Indirect grilling involves holding the food items away from the coals, but still using the overall heat source; a process similar to baking or roasting. You can do this with any charcoal grill simply by piling your coals off to one side and cooking the food on the other side, but you run the risk of burning or overcooking since the coals are still so close. An easier and more efficient method, especially if you are cooking more than one type of food, is to use a raised grid. Many versions allow you to cook directly on the bottom and indirectly on top. ///
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