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Grilling Meat - Hood Open or Closed?

Posted by pastryqueen (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 8, 08 at 8:15

That's the question in a nutshell...I have never gotten an answer whether the hood on my BBQ should be open or closed when grilling meats or anything else in fact. Years ago before grills were $$$$$ and I cooked on a hibatchi there was no question and food came out fine. Now I'm sure what I'm doing, only that I do BBQ year round in the NE. Can someone shed a light for me.
Thanks in advance for your help.


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RE: Grilling Meat - Hood Open or Closed?

pastryqueen - I'll try to help you out.

I cook with the hood closed, regardless of the type of meat. Hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, ribs chicken - it makes no difference.

My grill has a temp gauge that I use as a reference point. 250 to 300 degrees for cooking, burners are never on high but on medium at best.

Meat must be completely thawed, not even partially frozen. Steaks, 3 minutes per side for rare, 4 minutes per side for medium rare (red but dead). Hamburgers - 2 minutes per side. Understand we like our meat a little red on the inside. Neither the wife or I like well done!

Pork and chicken must be completely cooked. I usually do these in an aluminum pan for at least 45 minutes. The obvious test is the meat comes off the bones with ease.

My grill also has a infared burner so I can do steaks for 2 minutes on a side and have them come out perfect.

Enjoy the journey.

eal51 in western CT


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RE: Grilling Meat - Hood Open or Closed?

Thanks so much for taking the time to respond, really appreciate it.


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RE: Grilling Meat - Hood Open or Closed?

ha. I often grill with the top open
it depends on how well cooked I want the inside of the meat to be in relation to the outside.

steak, which I eat rare, is done top open so the outside cooks and the inside doesnt.

Chicken or vegies that need a higher internal temp get cooked closed.


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