Burgers? Duh. Pork ribs? Please. Steaks? In your sleep. We get it. You could write an entire cookbook full of foods you’ve mastered on the grill.
But stick to these and other obvious choices and you’ll miss out on a slew of surprising dishes that taste even better when cooked on the barbecue.
A flattop griddle accessory is the secret to making a host of unexpected foods on the grill. This handy piece of after-market grilling gear is relatively inexpensive, and adds incredible versatility to your gas grill or outdoor kitchen.
A griddle’s solid surface is ideal for grilling delicate foods like fish fillets and tofu, and prevents runaway shrimp, scallops, asparagus, and other small foods from falling through the cracks of the grill grate. A griddle turns a grill into a restaurant flattop to make diner faves, or a teppanyaki grill for hibachi-style dinners. And, even if you prefer sticking to tried-and-true grill fare, a griddle creates an exceptional crust on steaks, chops and burgers.
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What to Look for in a Griddle
Some griddles rest on top of the grilling grid, while others, like the Dual Plate Stainless Steel Griddles from Renaissance Cooking Systems, sit directly over the gas burner. (A section or two of the grilling grids and the protective flame tamers - a.k.a. heat distributor bars, heat tents or briquette trays – are removed first.) Since these griddles are closer to the burner, they can get much hotter.
Designed exclusively for RCS by the griddling gurus at Le Griddle in France, the RCS Dual Plate Stainless Steel Griddle has a proprietary design that bonds a cast-iron plate to the underside of the 304-stainless-steel cooking surface. This heavy-duty, cast-iron subsurface retains and distributes heat evenly over the entire griddle surface, and adds heft so the griddle won’t warp.
A deep trough spans the front of the griddle to catch grease runoff, and is removable for clean-up. The cooking surface is easily cleaned by tossing a handful of ice cubes on the hot griddle. As the ice melts, it sizzles and steams off residue that can be wiped away with a nylon scrubby and a spatula. Two built-in handles on either end of the griddle make for handy lifting, and a raised edge on three sides keeps food corralled.
Need more reasons to give a griddle a go? It keeps grease splatters out of the kitchen and cooking odors out of the house. Once you try it, you won’t cook bacon or fish any other way!