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Sizzling and Sexy: Grilling with a Plancha

…ummate their union with the heat. Here are tips for using and caring for a plancha: • Place your plancha (lightly oiled with vegetable oil) directly on the grill grate, then preheat your grill to the desired temperature. Note: To prevent food from sticking, make sure the plancha is really hot before you begin cooking. • Sprinkle a few drops of water on the plancha. They should dance and evaporate almost immediately if it’s reached searing temperat…


blog: Gear

Iron Meets Smoke: Grilling on a Plancha

…her advantage: you can douse the shellfish with a shot of brandy, rum, or ouzo (light it with butane match) to flambé it at the end. For tips on seasoning, cleaning, and maintaining your plancha, click here. The Best of Barbecue Plancha. Because sometimes a slab of cast iron can do an even better job than a conventional grill grate….


recipe: Steaks

Cowboy Rib Eye a la Plancha with Crispy Brioche Salad and Grilled Dates

…crust with a luscious pink interior using a cast-iron skillet or a chapa [plancha]. When I dreamed up this recipe on the shores of Red Hook, we were in sight of the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the French people to the United States, so I felt duty bound to include a French touch—and decided to toast some brioche on the chapa. Toast wants something sweet on it, so onto the chapa as well went some dates and, for contrast and piquancy, some arugu…


recipe: Poultry

Plancha-Grilled Duck Breasts with Fresh Cherry Salsa

…nsider Tip for Perfect Duck Breasts Imagine the perfect duck breast: dark, crisp skin; meat moist and rosy in the center. The best way to achieve this is to use a 2-step grilling process: First, brown the skin on a hot cast-iron plancha or skillet, then finish cooking the breast on the grill.   More Duck Recipes: Cherry-Smoked Duck with Chipotle-Cherry Barbecue Sauce Rotisserie Peking Duck Buns with Pineapple Salsa Tea-Smoked Duck with Hoisin Barb…


blog: Barbecue University™

New Ways to Use Your Grill or Smoker

…shito peppers; strips of chile peppers or bell peppers; breads; even eggs. Plancha Grilling Recipes: Cowboy Rib Eye A La Plancha With Crispy Brioche Salad And Grilled Dates Plancha-Grilled Duck Breasts With Fresh Cherry Salsa   Smoking with Herbs and Spices You can lay fragrant fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme directly on the grill grate and smoke fish, poultry, and other foods on top of them. Or toss bunches of fresh or dried herbs and spices d…


blog: Hot Stuff

Raichlen Predicts: Eight BBQ Trends for 2018

…like sunny-side up eggs. If you’ve read my blog, you know my fondness for plancha grilling. What’s new is using a plancha for smoking. Here’s how it works: Set up a charcoal grill for direct grilling. Heat and oil the plancha. The moment before you put on the food, add a couple handfuls of unsoaked hardwood chips to the fire. Then add the food, cover the grill, and use the plancha’s searing heat to crust the exterior. Meanwhile, the trapped wood…


blog: Grills We Love

Grills We Love: Arteflame

…oject Smoke, Season 3) makes cooking on it similar to a griddle or Spanish plancha. The center section is a heavy steel grate positioned directly over the wood fire. Thus, the Arteflame serves as both a wood-burning grill and plancha. To use it, you might put a put a nice sear on a thick tuna steak or beef porterhouse, then move it over the open fire to blast it with wood smoke. Thanks to the Arteflame’s unique construction, flare-ups are a thing…


blog: Recipes & Techniques

How to Grill the Perfect Duck Breast

…t. Because of the skin’s high fat content, you’re better off grilling on a plancha so the fat doesn’t drip directly on the flames. Sprinkle a few drops of water on the plancha; the water should skitter across the surface and evaporate quickly.   3. Add wood chunks or wood chips to generate flavor-enhancing smoke. If desired, add wood chunks or soaked, drained wood chips to the fire to generate flavor-enhancing smoke.   4. Slowly sear the duck brea…