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Tips On Indoor Grilling and BBQ

Can’t get to your charcoal grill because there’s a foot of snow outside? Ran out of propane for the gas grill? Or, worse, does your apartment building disallow grills altogether? We feel your pain. Grilling is a primal human activity that many of us can’t live without. Don’t despair. The good news is that you can cook and enjoy most of your favorite grilled and smoked foods indoors, year round.

Think about it. Do you have a fireplace? Stick a grill grate in it! Does your oven have a broiler? That works like an upside down grill. The heat of a broiler is still intense like grill heat – it just comes from above instead of below. Even on a cold February day you can serve up Better Than Steakhouse Steaks from the broiler. Or, let’s say you’re craving some smoky meaty goodness. Do you have wood chips or wood shavings? Then you’re all set. Set up a stovetop smoker like the Nordic Ware or Cameron and cook some smoky foods indoors. Or if you’re looking for the easy way to a plate of BBQ ribs or pulled pork from your oven or crockpot, we have recipes for cooking those indoors too. There’s just no reason to give up your favorite grilled and smoky flavors when you’re housebound. Take the party inside! From the techniques to the equipment to the recipes, find everything you need below to enjoy grilled and barbecued food 365 days a year. To buy the best indoor grill you can, check out the reviews below or narrow your search in our searchable database here.

The Thermodynamics of Cooking and How Different Cooking Methods Work



Learn about thermodynamics: the basis of all cooking! Find out how heat transference works by conduction, convection, radiation, induction, and infrared heat in your grill, bbq, and smoker.
roast turkey with sage

The Ultimate Grilled And Smoked Turkey Recipe Takes Any Holiday Over The Top



Our grilled turkey recipe and smoked turkey recipe makes your ordinary holiday meal extraordinary! Here's everything you need to know about making the ultimate holiday bird including tips for shopping, thawing, prep, injecting, cooking, gravy, and carving. We also bust some myths, discuss side dishes, and so much more!
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Indoor Ribs: Use This Recipe For Smoked Ribs When You Can’t Get Outside



Here's how to make indoor ribs in your oven that most folks will think you nursed for hours in the smoker. The tender, juicy meat and smoky flavor might fool you into thinking these ribs were cooked outdoors. This recipe shows you how it's done.

Tender And Juicy Slow Cooker Or Instant Pot Ribs



If weather or other impediments prevent you from making the real thing outdoors, you can make pretty tasty ribs in a crockpot with this recipe. The idea is to braise the meat until very moist and tender, cooking the meat in a closed pot over a low temp in a flavorful liquid that covers the meat only about halfway.
Char siu ribs in takeout container

This Chinatown Char Siu Ribs Recipe Tastes Great Cooked Indoors Or Out



Everybody loves Chinese restaurant "BBQ" ribs. They have a distinct pork flavor, a glossy sheen that implies the sweet glaze beneath, and a glowing red-pink color that penetrates the surface. Here's a simple recipe for making Chinatown char siu ribs at home on your grill or in the oven featuring a flavorful marinade.
Slow cooker pulled pork sandwich with barbecue sauce

Love Me Tender Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe


Clint Cantwell

Just because you don't have time to fire up the smoker or grill doesn't mean that you can't enjoy full flavored BBQ pulled pork thanks to this simple set-and-forget recipe for a Crockpot or other slow cooker. Cooked indoors over low heat for several hours, the seasoned pork butt emerges moist, flavorful, and fall apart tender.
Hamburger with cheese on a bun

The Ultimate Diner Burger Recipe (a.k.a. The Wimpy Burger a.k.a. The Smash Burger)



Create the skinny, crispy edged burgers that you love at diners with this simple recipe for the Wimpy burger. Infinitely better than any mass produced quarter pounder, these homemade diner-style burgers are small disks, 4 ounces or less, pressed flat and cooked on a griddle to maximize the flavor and crispness.

Hot Dog Heaven: How to Cook Frankfurters



Many ways to skin a cat and many more ways to cook a dog. Here's how to grill, griddle, split griddle, dirty water, steam, nuke, and deep fry franks.
Boston BBQ baked beans

Simple Boston Baked Beans Recipe, As Easy As They Are Delicious



Looking for the perfect side dish for your next cookout? Nothing screams BBQ more than a sticky and smoky bowl of Boston baked beans. It was in Beantown that the notion of mixing dried beans with molasses was conceived. This flavorful recipe is an ode to the original while offering suggestions for amping them up.
Paella cooking on the grill

Paella Recipe: The National Dish Of Spain Began Outdoors And You Can Cook It Outdoors



Paella, the national dish of Spain, is a fabulous dish for preparing on the grill. A fabulously flavored rice dish, paella has many variations including this chicken and sausage paella recipe. Presented with fanfare and flourish with a pinwheel of colors and shapes, paella is a sure fire showstopper for your cookouts.

Cuisinart Griddler Five Review


Max Good

Cuisinart's Griddler Five is an electric indoor griddle/grill that upgrades their previous version with a sleek modern look, LCD display, digital controls, and a sear function. If you're shopping for a small indoor electric, Cuisinart's Griddler Five deserves a look. It's versatile, easy to clean, and light and small enough to store out of the way in an upper kitchen cabinet. We award it our Best Value Gold Medal.

Livart LV-982 Electric Barbecue Grill Review


Max Good

Livart's LV-982 is an indoor electric grill popular for Yakitori style grilling. Japanese Yakitori is bite sized pieces of chicken and veggies on skewers, however, the 982 is not limited to Yakitori and is often used to grill a variety of bite sized foods. We reviewed this model and awarded it our Silver Medal.

George Foreman 15 Serving Indoor/Outdoor Grill Review


Max Good

Check out our review of the George Foreman 15 Serving Indoor/Outdoor Grill. It is an attractive electric cooker that can be used as a tabletop grill, or freestanding grill.

Nordic Ware Stovetop Kettle Smoker Review


Max Good

We reviewed Nordic Ware's Stovetop Kettle Smoker and have to say it looks like it may be one of the better indoor smokers available, earning our Gold Medal. Most indoor smokers have no lid or a shallow low profile lid. The 36550 has a high domed lid big enough for smoking/roasting a whole chicken.

Camerons Original Stovetop Smoker Review



We reviewed this indoor smoker and gave it our Bronze Medal. Put two spoonfuls of hickory sawdust in Camerons' stainless steel pan and put the meat on the rack. Slide the lid on, turn your exhaust fan on high, turn the burner on high, and in about 30 minutes you have smoked, moist meat.

Grillery Fireplacer Review


Max Good

Turns your existing wood fireplace into a grill. An up and down shaft bolts to your fireplace wall then raises and lowers the grate with a crank wheel. We reviewed Grillwork's Fireplacer and it is beautiful and high quality, but pricey for a fireplace insert. You get what you pay for and this one gets our Gold Medal.

Rome Industries Adjustable Cooking Grate Review


Max Good

Rome Industries' Adjustable Cooking Grate is designed to fit in a standard fireplace or a fire pit at a campsite. We reviewed this model and awarded our Best Value Bronze Medal.

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