Why it Works: Grilling Heat
Grilling may be one of the most exciting activities of summer, but it can also be the most frustrating. The intense heat of the grill and its unpredictability (especially charcoal grills) can mean burning the outside of your food before the inside even gets warm. One of the best secrets to avoiding this problem is called “two-stage grilling.” In a charcoal grill this means filling half of your grill with your normal amount of charcoal but placing only a single charcoal layer on the other half. Food can then be started on the hot side and moved to the less intense side to finish cooking. The same effect can be achieved by using the racks that some gas grills have on their lids. This method guarantees an even cook and a successful barbecue.