Wondering how to grill delicious meat without regularly having to check the temperature, turn or add to the charcoal, and deal with smoke? Manufacturers have developed home appliances that make life more convenient, and one of these appliances is the electric grill. How do electric grills work? Can you use charcoal in an electric grill?
This article talks about electric grills, how they function, their best features, and the kinds of charcoal that can be used in an electric grill.
Both electric and charcoal grills are used to cook food items such as meat, fish and veggies, using direct heat from beneath the surface. The charcoal grill is the traditional way of grilling food, but nowadays, more people are using electric grills because they are convenient and can be used indoors.
Why can electric grills be used indoors? This is one of the best advantages of electric grills. They use electricity as the fuel source to heat the surface and grill plate to cook food items. Therefore, they do not use a flame or emit smoke, so they can be used both indoors and outdoors. With electric grills, you won’t have to worry about apartment restrictions on barbecuing.
Electric grills are convenient, but how do you use them? Can you put charcoal in an electric grill?
Can you put charcoal in an electric grill? And other facts about using an electric grill
You have just bought your first electric grill. But do you know how to use it? Do you know to take care of it? The manual that comes with the electric grill provides complete information about the parts of the grill, how to use it, maintenance, and more.
The newly purchased electric grill must be cured or seasoned to eliminate solvents, dust, and odor that may affect your food. You do this by applying cooking oil to the insides of the grill. Then, turn on the grill and heat it for 2 hours. After that, open the grill and let it cool off.
You might be wondering if you can put charcoal inside the electric grill. The answer is yes. Aside from electricity, wood chips can be used as fuel to the electric grill. Many electric grills have the space for chips, usually beneath the source of the heat. Therefore, you can use charcoals even if the electric grill is primarily not designed for them.
What are wood chips?
Wood chips are small pieces of wood, particularly shavings and scraps sizes, that easily ignite and burn. When burned inside the electric smoker grill, they become charcoal. The popular wood chips preferred by many are cedar, alder, hickory, cherry, and maple. Pine and cedar are softwoods that cause thick smoke that is not desirable for health. Each kind of wood chip has its own aroma according to the level of smokiness you prefer and the type of meat product you are planning to grill.
How to use charcoal inside the electric grill
There are different ways you can put charcoal in an electric grill. Each method is easy. The most convenient is folding them up in foil so they are contained. Other methods are simply tossing them into the electric grill, and using a separate wood chip pan.
Still wondering how to put the wood chips in the grill?
- Put the wood chips in a small can. Then, place the can upright inside the grill in the middle of the coils. Use tongs when doing this to prevent burns
- The coils heat up enough to cause the wood chips to smoke and ignite. In few minutes, the wood chips will begin producing smoke and give the meat the smoky flavor or aroma you want
- The smoke vanishes quickly, so you might not notice it and think that it didn’t work. After one hour, check the wood chips. You may combine different types of wood chips to create a different aroma and flavor to your food
Even though electric grills use electricity to grill your meats or veggies, you can still use charcoal in it. Charcoal, or wood chips, when in raw form, provide that specific level of smokiness and aroma you want for the specific food you want to grill. Cedar, alder, maple, cherry, hickory, name it—there is a variety of wood chips that you choose from to make your meat more delicious and taste like more traditionally grilled food.