It's grilling season and we couldn't be more excited! Grilled food is a staple of summertime.
Is there anything better than a burger right off the grill? We think not.
Although many people don't own a grill. Living in an apartment can make it impossible to own a grill or some people just don't have space for one. Don't miss out on grilled-goodness this summer. Try these 4 methods to get grilled food - no grill necessary!
Two words: Grill Pan
Specifically – a cast iron grill pan. There are ridges on the bottom of the pan so the fat can drip off and away from the meat. Plus, if the pan gets hot enough, you’ll get Instagram-worthy grill lines and sears. The best part is that grill pans like the one in the photo are fairly cheap. You can get one off Amazon for less than $20.
One thing you will miss when cooking with a grill pan is the smoky flavors that you get from a real grill. Keep reading. We have a fix for that, too.
Use the broiler.
The broiler function on your oven is like a grill, but upside down. Instead of the heat coming from the bottom, it comes from the top. Grills and broilers use direct heat and high temperatures to cook food. Some ovens have a separate broiler drawer, but many have the broiler included in the main oven cavity. If your broiler is included in the main oven, just set your oven rack anywhere from 4-6 inches from the heat. Keep in mind that the closer you set the rack, the quicker your food will cook.
There is a downside to this method. You won’t get picturesque grill marks or any smoky flavoring using the broiler. Again, keep reading!
Use smokey ingredients.
You can use smoked spices to draw in the smokey flavors your tastebuds crave. There’s smoked salt, cumin, smoked paprika and there’s even smoked olive oil for veggies.
Another option would be liquid smoke which is actually the by-product of burning hickory wood. How you ask? The smoke created from the burning wood is collected and cooled until it condenses back into a liquid form. It’s fairly easy to use. Just brush the liquid smoke on your meat, but beware, it is very potent. Many recipes recommend using less than 1/4 teaspoon or even diluting it with water.
Get a pressure cooker.
Pressure cookers have gained lots of popularity. Especially the electric pressure cookers that plug into an electrical outlet rather than traditional pressure cookers that are used on a stovetop.
Using an electric pressure cooker in combination with your oven’s broiler will give you the low and slow flavor that normally comes from an outdoor barbecue. First, cook the meat in the pressure cooker according to your recipe and then finish it in the broiler for that grilled-char you love so much!