Re: burner shields
- From: "Nunya Bidnits" <nunyabidnits@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2008 13:48:34 -0500
On Jun 27, 9:25 pm, xxffxx <soniciro...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I'm about to buy a new gas bbq (as new as I am to this method of
cooking), and I noticed that on the model Consumer Reports
recommends, there are shields over the three tube burners. I can see
how this would cut down on flareups, but isn't it desirable to
expose the meats being cooked to naked flame? TIA.
If you want to do this for real and not just take your indoor stovetop
outside to grill, take a harder look at charcoal grills.
If you want to BBQ, then you'll need to buy something else that's NOT
a gas/propane grill and not even a charcoal grill, cuz you don't grill
You can barbecue on a charcoal grill by indirect method. I've done it many
times. Its certainly nicer to have a separate firebox but if lower
temperature cooking over charcoal and wood heat sources which create a
naturally smoky flavor is barbecue, then what I have done in charcoal grills
qualifies as barbecue. And it tastes qualified too!
The fact that there is line of sight to the heat source aka radiant heat
doesn't disqualify it. although there are ways to control that in a charcoal
grill as well. Many professional barbecue pits do not use an offset heat
source, just one that is reasonably distant from the cooking surfaces.
But I agree that there's really no way to barbecue over gas, at least not
without adding some form of burning wood, such as a smoke box. You get
flavor from the meat spatter, even if its on lava rock, but that's not
barbecue, that's grilling.
MartyB in KC