BBQ vs Grilling
As soon as summer approaches, more and more people take out their BBQ and grill in their backyards to have fun over weekends with friends along with delicious recipes. Man first learnt to cook food when he learnt to make fire, and BBQ and grilling are thus as early as human civilization. Though coking meat or other vegetables directly over fire is the basic principle behind both BBQ and grill, there are many differences in methodology and the taste of the food coked that will be discussed in this article.
The most basic difference between BBQ and grill is that while grill makes use of direct heat from below or above while in BBQ one cooks to the side of the heat. Otherwise, it is hard to tell a difference between a BBQ and grill hardware. It is the difference in temperature of flame and time duration that brings along differences in flavor and taste of the cooked meat. So while it is high heat directly in case of grilling while BBQ uses indirect heat or heat at a low level to prepare meats.
If you have purchased high quality cuts, it is better to go for grilling as low level heat tends to suck out all moisture from the pieces making them tough and dry. High heat cooks the meat quickly locking the juices inside. But when you have bought less expensive cuts, lower heat of BBQ along with cooking for a long time period makes the pieces tender. Grilling is a quick process and you can expect to cook a steak in about 15-20 minutes whereas authentic barbequing may take a full day to cook fully. But there is no dearth of people willing to wait for such a long time to savor the unique flavor that develops with low level heat.
BBQ lovers relish the mouth watering taste of a properly cooked meat that comes with the smoke of the wood. Grilling never can add the aroma and taste of the smoke that gets in a barbequed food. The smoke gets fully absorbed as the meat gets coked over several hours unlike grilling that cooks the food in a few minutes.
Difference Between BBQ and Grilling
• Both BBQ and grilled foods are very popular in summers as people love to have social gatherings in their backyards.
• Though both involve use of heat without oil to cook foods, grill makes use of high level direct heat while BBQ involves low level or indirect heat
• Grilling cooks meats in minutes while BBQ requires several hours, even days to cook meat
• Expensive and high quality cuts require grilling as low level heat of BBQ makes them tough and dry, sucking all the moisture
• Inexpensive cuts are better suited to BBQ as low level heat for several hours locks the juices inside while making them tender
• The mouthwatering taste of BBQ food is because of the flavor that gets developed with longer cooking
• Another big difference is the absorption of smoke from the wood in BBQ dishes which is not there in grilled food.