Grilling and barbecuing are synonymous with summer, and appeal to some primal part of us: meat, fire, feasting outdoors. What’s not to love? Whether you’re a self-proclaimed pitmaster, backyard griller extraordinaire, or just an avid eater of BBQ, there’s a lot to learn about the art and science of grilling. From the differences between wood and charcoal and the knowledge of when to use the lid on your grill, to the nuances of regional barbecue sauce styles and international BBQ techniques, we’ve got everything you need to know about grilling and barbecue right here.
All week, in conjunction with our sister site, CNET, we’ll be updating our best BBQ content and posting brand new grilling guides, all of it corralled in this master directory—so bookmark it, check back often, and prepare to get inspired, as well as educated (and probably hungry too).
Below, you’ll find a wealth of information broken down into the following categories:
- Grokking Grilling: BBQ Basics
- The Best Grills, Grilling Accessories & BBQ Tools
- Getting (Barbecue) Saucy
- The Joy of Grilling Fruit, Veggies, Pizza & Dessert
- The Meat of the Matter: Protein Pointers
Before we branch out into all the finer points of barbecue, let’s get back to BBQ basics.
If you’re new to BBQ (or at least to grilling), start here—this handy guide will cover all the bases so you can grill with confidence even if it’s your first time. See our Guide to Grilling: How to Become a Barbecue Expert.
The terms are often used interchangeably, but they are entirely different things. Learn the important distinctions so you can school everyone at your next cookout. What Is the Difference Between Barbecuing and Grilling?
It’s not just for desperately smothering flare-ups. Find out the ideal times to close it up even when the food’s not on fire: When to Use Your Grill Lid.
Everyone prefers one or the other, but is one objectively better? We break down the differences to help you settle the score—or at least decide which type of grill is right for you. Read about The Difference Between Charcoal and Gas for Grilling.
What’s the Difference Between Wood and Charcoal for Grilling? — coming 5/16
Yet another question of fuel: wood vs charcoal. Which is better? That depends—and sometimes they’re best when they’re working together. Find out about The Difference Between Wood and Charcoal for Grilling.
The American south may be the first place you think of when you think BBQ, but the Midwest has its own grilling traditions too. James Beard Award-nominated chef Thomas Boemer explains, and gives some great tips on barbecuing (wherever you are). Learn about What Grilling Means in the Midwest.
A Guide to Barbecuing Internationally — coming 5/15
The rest of the world also has delicious BBQ and grilling customs, from Korean barbecue to South African braai. Take a virtual world BBQ tour and try a global grilling recipe next time you fire up your barbie. See our Guide to International Barbecue Styles.
While we’re on the subject of trying new things, if you’ve never used your wok on the grill, now is the perfect time. It makes for some of the best stir-fry possible at home. See our Guide to Grilling with a Wok.
The Best Grills, Grill Accessories, BBQ Tools & Services
When you’re ready to get into the grilling game, you need the right equipment. From the best grills to the best marinades, and even prime meat delivery services, this should help set you up for success.
The Most Popular Grilling Products on Amazon — coming 5/14
Harness the wisdom of the crowd to help you find a new grill and everything to go with it. See The Best-Selling Grilling Tools and Accessories on Amazon.
A Guide to Different Types of Grills — coming 5/14
Trying to decide which type of grill to get? See the pros and cons of all the major options—and not just gas and charcoal. Get our Guide to Different Types of Grills.
The Best Small Grills for Apartment Dwellers — coming 5/16
Because sometimes good things—and good grills—come in small packages. Get our picks for The Best Compact Grills for Small Spaces.
The Best Meat Delivery Subscription Services — coming 5/14
Don’t have a good local source of high-quality meat? No problem, since you can have it delivered right to your door. See our round-up of The Best Meat Delivery Subscription Services.
The Best Marinades You Can Buy — coming 5/13
A good soak (or dip) in a flavorful marinade improves most meats, seafood, and veggies. So get our picks for The Best Marinades You Can Buy for Steak, Chicken, Pork, and More.
The Best Dry Rubs You Can Buy — coming 5/13
Go on, rub it in. In the case of grilling, it’s a good thing. Check out The Best Dry Rubs You Can Buy for Every Type of Meat and Seafood.
The Best Grilling & Barbecue Cookbooks — coming 5/18
Never wonder what you should grill tonight again—at least not for long, when you have one of these fantastic BBQ cookbooks to consult. See our picks for The Best Barbecue and Grilling Cookbooks.
What is BBQ without BBQ sauce? Ideally, still pretty delicious, but who doesn’t love getting slathered in saucy goodness? Break out the Wet-Naps and dive right in.
From Kansas City style BBQ sauce to Alabama’s white sauce, get to know Regional Barbecue Sauce Styles Across America.
The History of Barbecue & Barbecue Sauce — coming 5/14
Stepping back for a minute, where did barbecue as we know it even come from? Did it have a single origin, a one true birthplace? Find out in The History of BBQ.
Guide to Barbecue Sauces of the Carolinas — coming 5/16
North and South Carolina BBQ sauces are each distinctive, and delicious. Grab a roll of paper towels and get elbow-deep into our Guide to Carolina Barbecue Sauce.
The Best Kansas City-Style BBQ Sauces — coming 5/17
Kansas City barbecue sauce is a perennial favorite, but you want to know which ones are the very best? We’ll help you out. See our collection of The Best Kansas City-Style Barbecue Sauce.
What Is White Barbecue Sauce? — coming 5/17
Most barbecue sauce is some shade of red, maybe mustard-yellow in S.C.—but go to Alabama and it’s likely to be bright white. How did that happen (and what’s in it anyway)? Find out All About White BBQ Sauce.
BBQ Battle: Savannah vs. Charleston — coming 5/15
You could argue all day about which style of BBQ is best (well, some people could), but we’re picking one fight in particular: Savannah vs Charleston. Choose a side and join in on our Barbecue Battle: Savannah vs Charleston BBQ.
The Best Keto & Paleo Barbecue Sauces You Can Buy — coming 5/17
If you’ve gone keto (or paleo), you may have said bye-bye to BBQ sauce, since most kinds are sugar-heavy. But you do have options for slathering your meat in sticky, delicious sauce that won’t break your diet. Check out our round-up of The Best Keto & Paleo Barbecue Sauces.
How to Grill Fruit, Veggies, Pizza, Dessert & Everything That Isn’t Meat
Meat may be the star of the show at most BBQs, but there’s a whole lot else you can grill. Here’s how.
Like to start your meal with a salad? You can grill that too. See our Guide to Grilling Romaine and Other Lettuce.
Summer corn is essential, and summer corn on the grill is chef kiss-worthy—if you do it right. Here’s How to Cook Corn on the Grill.
Another summer produce all-star, watermelon happens to take surprisingly well to the fire. See How to Make Grilled Watermelon.
Because watermelon is only the beginning; open that gateway and you’ll want to throw everything on the grill, from cherries and peaches to strawberries—and you should. Learn How to Grill Summer Fruit.
Unless you have a wood-fired pizza oven (in which case, can we come over?), your grill is actually the best place to cook your pizza at home. Learn all the fundamentals of Grilling Pizza.
In case you want to ditch the crust—give “grilled cheese” a whole new meaning when you cook everyone’s favorite dairy product directly on the grill. Find out How to Grill Halloumi and Other Cheese.
Is fish meat? Sort of, but…sort of not—salmon steaks are in a whole ‘nother realm than porterhouses, at least. So when you’re in the mood for surf over turf, learn How to Grill Seafood.
How to Grill Satisfying Meatless Meals — coming 5/18
When meat is not on any part of the menu, there are still lots of meatless BBQ options, from tofu to veggie burgers. See some pointers on Grilling Meatless Meals Everyone Will Love.
Fruit is not the only sweet treat you can grill (but it does appear in a lot of these desserts, because it’s seriously so. Good). When dinner’s done, see How to Grill Dessert.
The Meat of the Matter
Naturally, we must give meat its due (and some would say we saved the best for last—but we also pay respects to meatless alternatives, because BBQ is for everyone!).
How to Marinate Different Types of Meat for the Grill — coming 5/15
A handy guide to pairing marinade ingredients with their perfect protein partners. See our primer on How to Marinate Meat for Grilling.
What Is the Difference Between Rubs and Marinades? — coming 5/15
Beyond the obvious, do you know what each one does for your meat (and veggies)—and when you should use which? Learn all about The Difference Between Rubs and Marinades.
Smoking Meat 101 — coming 5/16
Smoking meat can be intimidating for beginners, but here’s a basic overview so you can DIY with confidence. Learn How to Smoke Meat.
The Best Way to Smoke Brisket According to a Pitmaster — coming 5/17
Got smoked chicken down but nervous about handling a whole packer? Allow an expert to walk you through the process of perfect smoked brisket. See our Guide to Smoking Brisket Like a Pro.
Chowhound’s Most Popular Grilling Recipes — coming 5/18
We can’t pick favorites, but our community sure can—here are the grilling recipes they’ve loved most over the years. See The Most Popular Grilling Recipes on Chowhound.
The Top 20 Most Shared BBQ & Grilling Recipes in Our Community — coming 5/19
We also wanted to know what other sources were stepping up, so we went into the archives and came out with the most-shared grilling and barbecue recipes of all time from the Chowhound community. See The Top 20 Grilling and BBQ Recipes Shared by Chowhound Members.
Best Sides to Pair with Every Type of Grilled Meat & Protein — coming 5/17
Don’t just default to potato salad for grilled meats. Pick something more inspiring from our list of The Best Sides to Pair with Every Type of Grilled Dish.
Best Wines to Pair with Grilled Food — coming 5/19
And don’t forget wine pairings—wine can be tricky to match with barbecue, but we picked the best bottles for the job. See How to Pair Wine with BBQ and Grilled Food.
The Oddest & Most Interesting Proteins Being Barbecued Around the World — coming 5/19
Tried of hot dogs? See what the rest of the world is grilling and take a (barbe)cue from them. Check out The Most Interesting Meats to Grill Around the Globe.
The Best Meat Alternatives You Can Buy for Grilling Season — coming 5/17
From the Impossible Burger to good old veggie sausages, there are plenty of options for meatless grilling—but some are far better than others. See our picks for The Best Meat Alternatives to Grill This Summer.