There is a pretty steep learning curve when you’re cooking with a Kamado for the first time. While these grills are incredibly versatile, they are also very different from gas and other kinds of grills. If you are a new to Kamado grills, here are seven common newbie mistakes to avoid.
1. Using poor quality tools
The tools that you use are just as important as the quality of grill. Pick durable tools that are designed to be used on a barbecue, and clean them so that they are in good shape. While you may have hooks for easy storage in your grill area, don’t leave them there when you’re not grilling.
2. Not cleaning the grill
It’s important to keep your grill clean not only for the quality of food, but also for safety reasons. With Kamado style grills, you don’t have to clean them quite as frequently as you would a different type of grill, but that doesn’t mean it can be skipped! Learn how to clean a grill here.
3. Not using enough fuel
It’s better to have extra fuel in the bottom of your grill than not enough. If you’re skimpy on the fuel, then you won’t be able to get it up to the right temperatures, no matter how wide you open the vents.
4. Lifting the lid too much
Gas grills lose heat when you open the lids, but Kamados have the exact opposite effect—they will get hotter. If you’re trying to cook something, avoid opening the lid frequently as it will change the temperature too much. You should only open it when you’re ready to flip, and then when you’re ready to take the food off the grill.
5. Not monitoring temperature
Kamado grills tend to use indirect heat just as much (if not more) than direct heat, so it’s important to not only make sure that the grill gets to the right temperature, but that it stays there. While you don’t have to watch it like a hawk, you do need to check it occasionally to make sure it’s keeping temperature.
6. Rushing food
You really can’t rush good barbecue. It is going to take as long as it’s going to take, and there’s nothing you can do to make it go faster and still taste awesome. Only flip once, and make sure that you let food rest for a few minutes before serving. Believe me, you’ll definitely notice the difference.
7. Being impatient
Good grilling takes patience. Oodles of it, sometimes. You have to let the grill heat to the right temperature, let the food cook long enough, let it rest before serving… the list goes on. It can be exciting when you’re making a new recipe or using a new grill, but don’t fall for this biggest newbie mistake. Remember, patience is a virtue!
What grilling mistakes did you make when you first used your Kamado? Share with us in the comments below!