Top 10 Gourmet Outdoor Cooking Techniques For Tasty Meals

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seafoods with vegetables Are you ready to discover the secrets of gourmet outdoor cooking? With these grilling and campfire-cooking techniques, you can easily create delicious meals outdoors. You can use these techniques for various recipes ranging from direct cooking over hot coals to indirect cooking in Dutch ovens.  There's something for everyone.

Master the Use of Marinades and Rubs

Marinate food before cooking. It is a great way to infuse moisture and flavour into your meal. Marinades are sauces made with herbs, spices, oil, and an acidic ingredient such as lemon juice or vinegar. 
Rubs are similar but without the oil. Experiment with dry rubs for savoury dinners, like a classic smoky BBQ spice blend rubbed on steak or chicken breasts - you won't be disappointed!

Grill Veggies with Lemon, Garlic and Herbs

To create a divine savoury meal, grill veggies with lemon, garlic and fresh herbs. Start by cutting up the vegetables into 1/2-inch thick pieces. Toss with olive oil and season with salt & pepper.

Place on the grill over medium-high heat for 7-10 minutes or until they are lightly charred and tender. Once out of the grill, season the veggies with freshly squeezed lemon juice, minced garlic, and chopped fresh herbs like oregano, thyme or rosemary. Enjoy your delicious gourmet outdoor meal!

Become a Charcoal Pro with the Best Fuelling and Ventilation Techniques

A chimney starter ensures even distribution of charcoal and consistent heat distribution for your food. It allows you to add the correct amount of fuel without flooding the grill. Once you’ve added all your charcoal, adjust the top and bottom vents to create the perfect cooking environment. 
Remember: having high airflow will increase heat, whereas reducing airflow will reduce temperature. You can transform your outdoor cooking experience by maximising your grill's fuel and ventilation!

Invest in Quality Grilling Tools

Investing in the right tools is essential to take your outdoor cooking skills to the next level. Quality grilling utensils such as a set of tongs, spatulas, grates, and thermometers can not only expand your range of menu choices but also enhance food safety. Investing in ceramic cookware such as grill pans and roasting stones allows you to create dishes with reduced fat. It also adds extra flavour due to the absorption of heat by the ceramic pots.

Choose Flavorful Ingredients

Quality ingredients are vital when making flavorful gourmet meals. To enhance the flavour of your dishes, use fresh, seasonal produce along with herbs and spices. Also, never underestimate the power of a marinade; they’re an easy and delicious way to add flavour to any dish, whether it’s meat or vegetables. Marinating meats in a barbecue sauce or Italian dressing can bring out their natural flavours and make them even more delicious.
grilling marinated BBQ

Grilling with Wood

You can control the cooking temperature when grilling with wood, creating a unique smoky flavour. Use different types of wood, such as mesquite, hickory, or apple, to experiment with different flavours.

Slow Cooking

Slow cookers and pit smokers are ideal for slow-cooked dishes like brisket or ribs. Slowly cooking over low heat not just ensures that meat is tender. It also melds the flavours together, producing an incredibly delicious meal.

Dutch Oven Cooking

A Dutch oven is a versatile cookware on a campfire or stove. You can bake bread, make stews, or even roast a chicken. It is an excellent choice for outdoor cooking due to its ability to retain and distribute heat evenly.

Sous Vide Cooking

Sous vide cooking is a technique where food is vacuum-sealed in a bag and cooked in a precisely controlled water bath. Precision temperature control allows meats, vegetables, and even desserts to cook perfectly.

Plank Grilling

Plank grilling is a unique way to add flavour to your food. Simply soak a wooden plank in water for several hours. Place your food on the plank and place it on the grill. As the plank heats up, it will release a smoky flavour, infusing your food with a rich, woody taste.


Are you looking to take your outdoor cooking to the next level? Then look no further than gourmet outdoor cooking techniques. Learn how to experiment with different techniques, ingredients, and flavours to impress your guests and make them remember your meals for years! Start exploring the world of gourmet outdoor cooking today. Please like and share this post by clicking on the social buttons below. Check out related articles below. Stand by for more!