Question: What's the difference between indirect and direct grilling?
What's the difference between indirect and direct grilling? These two techniques give you everything you need to be able to grill almost anything you can think of, but you need to know how to do each well to be effective.
Answer: To use an indoor analogy, indirect grilling is more like baking and direct grilling is more like broiling (especially if you have the lid up). Direct grilling is done by placing food directly above the heat source to cook. Indirect grilling is done by placing food to the side of the heat source. On a gas grill you need to be able to turn one side of the grill off. On a charcoal grill build the fire either on one side of the grill or in a ring around the sides, leaving the middle empty of coals. When grilling indirectly it pays to place a drip pan under foods to keep dripping grease for starting a fire and turning into direct grilling with a lot of flare-ups.