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Old 08-31-2011, 05:24 PM   #1
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How can I get that grill taste... without the grill?

I gave away my grill and now that I need that grill taste for my marinaded chicken/pork I can't pull it off. I've tried with my cast iron skillet but no love!
At a fusion food truck recently, they had what I perceive to be a grill top but that requires ventilation and I'm cooking from home. Also at some burger places like IN-N-Out they have those long flat tops that can cook all sorts of things, but meat seems to have a charred taste. that's what I'm looking for! Any ideas? thank you.

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Old 08-31-2011, 05:57 PM   #2
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Higher heat with your cast iron pan. Put the meat into the hot pan until it sears then flip it over let the other side sear.
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:49 PM   #3
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Higher heat with your cast iron pan. Put the meat into the hot pan until it sears then flip it over let the other side sear.
I should add that the meat is marinade/chopped and I can't get this taste with my cast iron. Do you know of any flat tops grills or some other solution for home kitchens?
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:59 PM   #4
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Maybe something like this?

It is cast iron, has the ridges to get the grill marks and it is made to work on the stovetop!
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Old 09-01-2011, 04:00 PM   #5
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I mean, you'll never ever get the exact same taste without using a true grill ... you just can't replicate or fake that flavor. But you should be able to come up with something close.
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Old 09-01-2011, 04:44 PM   #6
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some part of the "open flamed grilled" taste - and the percentage is debated - comes from the drippings burning off the coals / baffle plates. that is very difficult to replicate on a stove top.

high heat, ridged pan - and an exhaust fan. some of the juices will run into the ridge grooves and "smoke off" / char / burn / pick a description.
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Old 09-01-2011, 04:45 PM   #7
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Maybe an indoor grill would work.
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Have you tried adding a few drops of Liquid Smoke to your marinade?
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Old 09-01-2011, 05:28 PM   #9
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liquid smoke is chemical kaka, imo. yukaroonie.

i've experimented by adding a burning bit of apple wood chips to a screaming hot cast iron grill pan towards the end of cooking meats, and covering the pan to contain the smoke.

it's tricky, but it worked well enough to impart some smoke taste, along with the charring from the very hot pan.

not great, but at least it didn't set off the smoke alarms and doesn't taste like it was made in a petrochemical factory...
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Old 09-01-2011, 05:41 PM   #10
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liquid smoke is chemical kaka, imo. yukaroonie.

though i can see why you would assume so, liquid smoke isnt some weird chemical concoction....its actually just smoke extracted into water, that simple...so it's really not far from the real thing, nor should you fear it if you eat food smoked the real way
i have a bottle that i use occasionally

now, whether it produces the exact same taste/result, or if its cheating, can be debated to death....
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