Grilling Temperatures

In the Basics of Grilling, I mentioned using high heat for grilling. For most of my recipes, this is the temperature I use since it keeps things simple. There will be times, however, when you will need to lower the temperature, such as when cooking ribs. The following chart is from The Barbecue Bible by Steve Raichlen.

 In using this chart, hold your hand palm down about 3-5 inches above the grill gate and count the seconds until the heat forces you to move your hand.

  • 1 second    Very Hot          650 degrees
  • 3 seconds     Hot               600 degrees   This is the temperature I use the most
  • 5 seconds    Med. Hot       400 degrees
  • 7 seconds    Medium         350 degrees
  • 10 seconds  Med. Low      300 degrees
  • 15 seconds     Low            250 degrees

As always, keep notes on the temperature you used, as well as the cooking times so that you keep things simple and consistent. Remember, consistency will help you become Master of the Grill !

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