While cooking Jerk Chicken Thighs in the drizzle last night, I starting tweeting lessons learned about grilling since the mid-70s. Without getting into the nuances specific to wood some rules of general interest were captured.
My good friend, Greg Harmon (@harmongreg) of Dragonfly Capital, took it deeper and found the trading and learning lessons inside.
Without editing, here are 15 Rule of Grilling…
1st & 2nd rules of grilling are cook it less and turn it less. Don’t char anything.
3rd rule of grilling is keep the food equidistant from the fire.
4th rule of grilling is smoke adds value to a point, then subtracts value.
5th rule of grilling is multi-tasking jeopardizes grilling like it does trading, driving, or sex.
6th rule of grilling is that practice aids consistency but perfection is rare.
7th rule of grilling is get some consistency before u serve flame-kissed food to anyone but yourself.
8th rule of grilling is to use indirect heat nearly always except on steaks or burgers or with a grill-wok.
9th rule of grilling is if you want to master a technique, measure time, temperature, ingredients, and method, and take copius notes.
Journalling to learn grilling is not very different from journalling to learn trading.
10th rule of grilling is get the best grill you can afford for a while and take great care of it. Your “numbers” will depend on it.
11th rule of grilling is ppl say to clean the grill after u cook but I clean it before. Rule is don’t cook on a nasty grill..unhealthy.
12th rule about grilling is to analyze ur needs before selecting a grill. I cook 90% near/over the fire but my grill will smoke too…waste.
13th rule of grilling is rust happens. The grate will rust and oiling it is good but I eventually replace them.
14th rule of grilling is keep the grill out of the rain and sand and paint it 1-2x per year. Takes a day, but vital.
15th rule of grilling is if u use firewood, get a consistent, quality source. Your results and learning curve depend on it.
Enjoy. If you have questions, email me at daytrend at gmail dot com.
FWIW, here are the Jerk Chicken Thighs that were done after Rule 6.