Grilling is one of the most popular summertime activities and many people are eagerly waiting for the summer months to arrive to enjoy outdoor cooking. However, it cannot be that simple for those who live in an urban setting where outdoor space for grilling is hard to come by. However, even if your backyard does not have enough space to let you grill your food, you can still try some alternatives to replicate the classic hot-off-the-grill taste. Below is how to grill without a grill, or at least get the flavors right.
Using a Grill Pan
If you live in a high-rise apartment, then a grill pan will be your best bet to enjoy some nicely seared meats. You can use a double-sided cast iron griddle, which can get hot enough to give you the unique charred flavor of grilling meats with grilling sauces. There are other models too, which can fulfill your demands of grilling. Note that you may need to cook meat in the oven after grilling it on the grill pan, so buying one that fits in the oven may be a good choice too.
Using a Kitchen Torch
You may have used a handheld culinary torch to make crème brûlée or for roasting small peppers. However, not many know that a high-quality kitchen torch can also be used to caramelize the surface of meats and get the flavors of grilling. Using a culinary torch is much easier than controlling a broiler as well, while it gives you the same charred flavor that you can get from grilling. It is especially beneficial for grilling veggies like peppers and corn.
Using an Indoor Smoker
You can also make an indoor smoker if you need some serious smoky flavors on your meat. For instance, if you cover a wok full of wood chips with a grill grate and heavy foil, it can serve as a great makeshift smoker. This way, you can get the authentic smoky flavors on your meat just like what you will get using an outdoor barbecue grill. Alternatively, you can buy a smoke gun, which will allow you to infuse some cold smoke flavors to any food you want.
Adding Smoky Spices
While this is not technically grilling, adding smoked ingredients in the marinade and rub for your meats can give it the charred flavor that you can get from grilling. Using smoked paprika, chipotle, and cumin is especially seen to be useful in getting the smoky flavors right. You can also serve some mango BBQ sauce on the side to go with your cooked meats.