Grilling Basics

New to the grilling game? Learn how to master outdoor cooking with our guide to grilling basics, including  We've got tutorials, videos, how-tos, and tips. After you learn which grill to buy that fits your budget and yard, learn how to arrange coals to cook either with direct or indirect heat, as well as how to light charcoal. If you're cooking with gas, we explain the basics and the differences. Once you're ready, fire up the grill and cook steaks, chicken, vegetables, and even dessert.

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Your barbecue is about to get a lot better! Once you learn how to clean a grill, it will be easier (and tastier) to cook all of your favorite grilled grub, including burgers and fruit. Discover the best way to clean a grill, whether you choose to cook over gas or charcoal.

How to Turn Your Grill into a DIY Smoker

Want to try smoking food this grilling season? You don’t need to invest in a smoker to do it; just use your gas or charcoal grill. We’ll show you how to make a smoker using tools you have on hand, so you can enjoy deliciously home-smoked recipes all summer.

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