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Category: Grill

How to clean your Pellet Grill

Cleaning your pellet grill seems to be like a tough task but is worth it! Keeping it clear will lead to your food being free from any germs that can cause food poising. It is always a good idea to clean your pellet before and after every use. It not only helps in keeping your food clean but also maintains a healthy environment. It helps in the long run maintenance of your pellet itself and doesn’t let you spend a huge amount on servicing/replacement.  

Things you will require to clean your grill:

Cleaning the pellet smoker:
Cleaning this can be a huge mess as we have opted for a complete cleaning process. Before starting, wheel your smoker. Dump all the pellets using a bucket on the back of a hopper.

Next, remove the grill grates, drip tray, heat baffle and any other part of the machine. Spray cleaning sprays on the grill grates and lets it be there for about 10-15 minutes. This will make it easier for you to remove all of the dirt in one go. Then, wash the grates with soapy water and clean it with clean water and a washcloth.
Vacuum all the ash and soot out from the bottom of the smoker but this is only the beginning as we have decided to clean our griller like a brand new one today! 

Scrape out the walls neat and clean: 

Using the knife, scrape the interior walls of your smoker thoroughly. This will require Effort but make sure everything is scraped out 100% and evenly. Use the big wire brushes for large walls and smaller ones for the more complicated areas like the cap of your smoker.  

Let us vacuum!!:
Now, this is not as fun as it sounds but we cannot skip it because this is one of the most important parts of the whole process. Vacuum out all the dust and the leftover scraps from the smoker. Reassemble it once vacuuming is fully completed.

Reassemble: 

First, put the heat baffle and then the drip pan. It is the best if you cover your drip pan with disposable covers to secure them for a longer time. They are also an easier version of a quick clean.
Now it is time for the grill grates to go back in and the lids to be closed.
When all of this is done, it is now time to clean the outer area of your smoker with a washcloth and soapy water. Do this and make sure the water does not get into the controller area.  

I recommend this deep clean about 4 times a year while a quick clean can be as stated above.
If you notice any paint peeling off, treat it as soon as possible as leaving it without the paint would cause rusting. 

Good maintenance of the griller is very important for hygienic as well as health reasons. If you cannot find the time to clean it yourself, we would recommend you to call out to a service person for the same. But never ignore these things as small mistakes can turn into big paybacks! 

Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Wraps using an Optigrill

Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Wraps is basically a perfect snack for your day. It is thoroughly loaded with proteins, thanks to bacon; has a touch of flavour, thanks to jalapeno; tastes exotic, thanks to grill; and is quick to consume, since it is a wrap. This recipe deals in cooking it on an optigrill. This grill is smart enough in the sense that it has specific cooking methods for different meat, automatically turns off after cooking, has enough space to put a lot of items on it, is easy to clean and cooks quite impressively yet impeccably. When you combine such a food item with this grill, the result is soothing. Let us now see how we get to this result. 

The time required: 

This recipe is pretty easy to make and so requires a negligible amount of time. In all, the recipe would take up to 10 minutes for preparation, the same amount of time for cooking; making it a total time of about 20 minutes. The time, as is seen, is easy on the person cooking it. For a recipe ready in this short time, Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Wrap is loaded with nutrition owing to its ingredients. The final touch to it is given by the grill. 

The ingredients required: 

Like every recipe, this recipe also requires some ingredients to be kept ready before going on to the process of cooking, or might we say grilling. Let us find out what those essential ingredients are: 

  • About 8 slices of bacon, preferably trimmed of fat 
  • A minced clove of garlic 
  • 2 tablespoons of fromage frais, fat free 
  • About 75 grams of cream cheese, extra light 
  • 2 diced jalapenos 
  • Some pepper 
  • Some salt 
  • Two chicken breasts, preferably pounded thin 

When these items are ready at hand, you may proceed with the process of cooking. 

The process of cooking: 

The climax to this story is right here. Read on to find out steps you need to adhere to in order to achieve perfection. 

  • Place the chicken breasts flat on a board. 
  • Trim the fat of the bacon ensuring that all of it has been removed. 
  • Bring together jalapenos, salt, garlic, parmesan, cream cheese and fromage frais in a large bowl. Be sure to mix them together, properly. 
  • Now place this mix on the flattened chicken breast flattened out. Fold over from the edges of the chicke
  • n so as to wrap the mixture within it. 
  • Now grab the bacon and wrap it, surrounding the chicken breast. Ensure that you leave no gaps in this. Back to the grill, select the option of chicken and allow the grill to heat up. 
  • Now load the grill with the wraps you just made. 
  • Lower down the lid and allow the grill to tell you when it is done. 

That’s it. 

So, your perfect snack is now all ready to be served. Pointlessness lies in still looking at the recipe. Put it into practice, now! 

Why grilling meat makes it taste different?

We are all fans of grilling. So much that grilled meat becomes our only kind of preferred meat once we come across it. As a matter of fact, grilling does more than just enhancing the flavor of the meat. A close perusal highlights that the taste of meat becomes markedly different. To state the facts, chemistry governs the changes that take place in the meat when tossed on a grill. The taste that we experience after grilling the meat is particularly stimulated by the aroma given to it by the reactions taking place on the grill. 

As a matter of fact, a reaction takes place while smoking. This reaction is termed as Maillard Reaction. Basically, this reaction involves a breakdown of proteins into what has called as amino acids. These amino acids, in turn, interact with carbohydrates that are present in your food. This results in a specific scent that draws us closer to food. Also, the methods of preparations play a crucial role in developing flavor profiles which are tangible in the end products. 

You may be familiar with four primary flavors but be very surprised to hear that there exist two more flavors in addition to salty, bitter, sour and sweet. One such flavor is what the Japanese call ‘Umami’. Literally, the word means yumminess or deliciousness. Umami generally alludes to the protein present in food. When brought together with the Maillard reaction, it indicates that the food is safe for consumption after cooking to a certain degree. 

Three elements give rise to umami. These elements are: 

  • Guanylate

This flavor enhancer is found in yeast, seaweed, and fish. It possesses a taste similar to that of mushrooms dried out. 

  • Inosinate  

This enhancer comes from muscle fibers of the animals. It can be identified by its specific taste somewhat similar to fish and meat.  

  • Glutamate 

It serves as a vital element required for converting proteins into amino acids. It alludes to saltiness associated with the likes of soy sauce. Glutamate occurs naturally in seaweed, eggs, poultry, and fish. 

The case when two or more umami elements come together is called an umami-bomb. This is the reason why some foods have a unique taste. You may even consider bringing some umami based recipes to your grill. 

Now let’s fall back on the most disliked aspect of food. We are talking about fat. Yes, fat comes in crucial in the matter of how the food that you grill tastes great. When we grill food, fat is oxidized. This leads to the even greater appeal of food in terms of taste. Surprisingly, fat lends a soothing feeling to our mouths – bring butter and cheese to your mind. Fat also affects how our taste buds perceive food. 

Conclusion: 

It is fascinating how science can elaborate the mechanics of food and bring to us an unseen picture of something that we come across every day. While this write-up deals with the basics, it is the combination of chemical compounds, methods of cooking and preparation that produces the taste of a certain recipe. So, when you savor food to try to look at the hidden aspects of it. Happy grilling! 

My all time Summer Grilling Ideas for Food

Come summer and something happens to me; my love for grilling shows up in ways I cannot even explain. Though living in a city like New York has not given me enough freedom to grill wherever I want, I have managed to live my fantasy of grilling. I have been into this grilling business for a long time now and have pretty much had my hands on many recipes – both occidental and oriental. These recipes have traveled along with me and still continue to ring my doorbell sometimes. My love for grilling has reflected the recipes that are going to follow in this write-up. Without tickling your tongue much, let us discuss these ideas. 

Jerk Chicken 

Chicken has always been my favorite. No wonder why my grill has seen so many chickens come and go. Jerk Chicken, however, did not come easy. I took a long time to figure out the best way to grill chicken and then to garnish it in a manner so that the presentation only compliments its essence. I used allspice berries and bay leaves to garnish the smoked chicken. The end product is delicious. 

Beef Tenderloin 

Let me tell you, if you have not grilled beef, you have not done anything in your life. This recipe when taken off the grill, resembles a charred piece of wood. But when you cut through it, you would be surprised to see the tenderness it possesses. Do remember to allow beef some rest when taken off of the grill. And, do not forget to keep the presentation appealing. 

Corn Salad 

I love corn for its versatility. This cereal goes everywhere and gives its best in enhancing the flavor of a recipe. But here, I am going to consider just the corn and grilled corn. Grilled corn alludes to Mexican style cuisine. I bet you would be surprised when you try such a simple yet beautiful recipe. Use some cheese and spices to craft a salad out of grilled corn and it is going to be worth everything. 

Grilled Potato 

Let me show you another simple recipe. Take a secret? I am a fan of simplicity. It shows in my recipes, anyway. Smoked potatoes served with grilled and caramelized lemons are a show stopper. Do try this simple mouth-watering recipe to take a taste of simplicity. You would not be disappointed. 

Grilled Chicken 

I am never going to leave that damned chicken alone as long as I am alive. So, here I take up another chicken recipe on the grill. The savory taste of grilled chicken when served with a sweet and spicy sauce, there is nothing more you can ask for on a summer evening. The only thing is that you need to manage with some heat while you grill during summer. But I don’t think that counts. 

So far, I have shown you some of my all-time favorite recipes. I can assure you that all of them are succulent enough to make your day. So do not sit back in lethargy on a summer day, grill yourself something good. Get up!