Yes, you can cook with clay on a barbecue grill, but there are some important considerations to keep in mind to ensure a successful and safe cooking experience. Here’s how to cook with clay on a barbecue grill:
1. Choose the Right Clay Cookware:
Select clay cookware that is designed for use on a grill. Not all clay pots are suitable for grilling, so look for options labeled as grill-safe or grill-ready.
2. Season the Clay Cookware:
If your clay cookware is unglazed, it should be seasoned before use. Follow the seasoning process for unglazed clay cookware, as mentioned earlier in this conversation.
3. Preheat the Grill:
4. Place the Clay Cookware on the Grill:
Carefully place the seasoned clay cookware on the grill grates. Be gentle to avoid any sudden temperature changes that could cause the cookware to crack.
5. Control the Temperature:
Maintain control over the grill’s temperature. Adjust the heat source (burners or charcoal) as needed to achieve the desired cooking temperature for your recipe.
6. Monitor Cooking:
Keep a close eye on your clay cookware as it cooks on the grill. Clay pots can heat up and cool down more slowly than metal cookware, so be patient and give them time to reach the desired cooking temperature.
7. Use Indirect Heat:
To prevent the cookware from overheating, consider using indirect heat. If you have a gas grill, turn off the burners directly beneath the clay cookware and leave the adjacent burners on. If you’re using a charcoal grill, move the coals to one side and place the clay cookware on the opposite side.
8. Rotate and Stir:
Periodically rotate the clay cookware or stir the ingredients to ensure even cooking. Clay’s heat-retaining properties can result in hot spots, so some adjustment may be needed to achieve uniform cooking.
9. Be Mindful of High Heat:
Avoid exposing the clay cookware to extremely high direct flames or placing it directly over a blazing fire. While clay cookware can withstand high temperatures, it’s best to use moderate to medium-high heat for consistent and safe cooking.
10. Lid Use:
If your clay cookware has a lid, consider using it. A lid can help trap heat and moisture, enhancing the cooking process.
11. Adjust Cooking Times:
Cooking times may vary when using clay cookware on a grill compared to conventional stovetop or oven cooking. Be prepared to adjust your cooking times and methods as needed.
12. Remove with Care:
When your dish is cooked to perfection, carefully remove the clay cookware from the grill using heat-resistant gloves or mitts. Place it on a heatproof surface to cool.
13. Rest Before Serving:
Allow the dish to rest for a few minutes before serving. This resting time allows the flavors to meld and the dish to cool slightly.
14. Keep the Grill Clean:
After cooking with clay on the grill, clean the clay cookware thoroughly and inspect it for any signs of wear or damage. Follow the manufacturer’s care instructions for proper maintenance.
It’s important to note that cooking with clay on a barbecue grill can be slightly different from traditional stovetop or oven cooking due to the open flame and heat variations. However, with proper care and attention to temperature control, you can enjoy delicious dishes prepared with the unique flavors and qualities of clay cookware while grilling outdoors.