Preparing The Multi-Grill Meal

Preparing The Multi-Grill Meal

One of my favorite things to execute is a “multi-grill” meal.  While especially true when I’m entertaining, as I once commented having a multi-grill meal is like conducting a symphony. I’ve got something on this grill, that grill, and that grill, and it needs to all come together at the same time. It’s a little bit of pressure and a whole lot of fun. I love it and here are my tips to make it work.

Write it down!

This may go without saying, but I find it pays to write things down. Yes, somewhere, I can hear my Mom clapping.

I like to plan my food menu backward. I’ll start with the proposed “serve” time and list not only my finished food times, but my grill start times, in reverse order. The key to successfully grilling a large meal is having different types of food done at the same time. Without a written plan, I find this to be a daunting task.

Plenty of fuel!


I’m embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve called my Dad and asked him to bring Mom AND charcoal. I always have a ready supply on hand, but if I’m not checking, it’s the first thing to accidentally slip by. If you are planning a big weekend event, stock up on your coals and if running off of liquid propane, fill up those cylinders.

Account for the rest!

BBQ, whether it be brisket, pulled pork or chicken, makes for great entertaining food. While the food might be done at a certain time, food from long slow cooks need time to rest before carving. Be sure to keep this extra step in mind when figuring times. While the brisket might be done in 8 hours, it needs another hour of rest for perfection.

Time it!

Whether it’s my smartphone or kitchen timer, I’ve got something tracking the minutes. While years ago I pretended that I could remember off of my watch, too many late dinners reminded me I needed something a little more regimented. Nothing keeps my on track more than a timer around my neck, or in my back pocket.


A multi-grill meal can look like an Olympic sport, but in reality, it’s something we can all tackle in our own backyards and with the right planning, still come out as grilling champions!

 
 
 

What are your thoughts? (6)

11.18.16

Matt G

I keep a large white board and markers in the garage. Makes it easy to write down grill names, times, temps, and when your food should be done. A good digital thermometer and wireless thermometer, and watch or clock always helps too. Makes it easier when cooking the bird, oyster dressing, and rolls on different grills at once. I still have info on a white porcelain storage cabinet from many Thanksgivings ago with turkey times and schedules.

Still cooking Thanksgiving dinner on my 2001 Silver C.
Matt

11.18.16

Mike Lang

Hi Matt -

I must say, the white board is a fantastic idea! So often I use my phone, but the idea of having all of the information front and center makes great sense! It sounds like you have a feast in the works!

I'm glad your '01 is still going strong!!

Cheers!
Mike

11.12.16

Barret W

Excellent advice, indeed! I LOVE cooking on multiple grills, as I almost always get the "What?! You have ALL those going with food on each??!!" It's especially impressive when everything is done and comes together at the same time, right when everyone is expecting to eat.

I love the advice on writing everything down. I usually type it out on the computer so I can then prioritize it before the day of the event, printing it only when the plan is perfect and I feel it can be executed flawlessly.

Also, ensuring there is enough fuel (charcoal, propane, wood) is essential! I usually make sure I have enough up well in advance in case I need to stock up for the big day.

Great article! Grill on!!

Barret

11.11.16

Mike Lang

Hi Barret - It sounds as though we are completely on the same page! You are so right, pulling off the multi-grill meal is not only a sight, but a feat! I'm glad you liked the article! Grill on!

08.02.16

Kenny M

time your cooking:
it's easy to get involved in beer drinking with your buddies or other conversations, I found that a Timex watch to wear while you're cooking was a great reminder as to when you needed to flip something, turn something, put on a new thing, or take something off.
A smart phone works pretty good too, but you may put that down, and it does no good if you cannot hear it,
time cooking in accordance with the Weber recipes works pretty well and then it becomes a matter of art, as you know, untimed cooking is a catastrophe waiting to happen
in summary, I favor wearing your timer, a wristwatch, it's pretty much why I buy Timex Ironman wrist watches, for barbecuing with groups so I won't be so distracted that I forget to cook correctly,I still have a nice formal watch the word on any other occasion(a Timex watch is no longer something that takes a licking and keeps on ticking, so be prepared to spend that additional $25-$35 every couple of years to replace one, you'll be glad to do that once your cooking results improve and the hardest part about cooking is taking all the compliments. I hope you have good results.

08.02.16

Mike Lang

Kenny - Isn't that the truth...and trust me, I get distracted easily!! I love your solution...sometimes it's the easiest solution that is the most elusive. Thanks for the tip!

Mike

06.08.15

Mark E

I've done a lot of multi-grill meals, and I have to agree that writing down my plan of attack is critical.

06.08.15

Mark Fenne

Hi Mark - I couldn't agree more! Keep on grilling!

Mike

06.07.15

Gary H

Mike, Almost all my meals are multi-grill but I enjoyed reading your perspective. I have 9 Weber grills and am firing up only five today for my daughter's graduation party. I was hoping you'd give some insights into getting guests to show up on time. I guess the alternative is that they miss out. Hey,it's BBQ; when it's done, you better be ready!

Gary

06.07.15

Mike Lang

Hi Gary -

Now that's what I love to hear, "almost all of my meals are multi-grill!" Is there any other way?!

Nine grills is a proper Weber fleet, you aren't fooling around! While I wish I could offer a suggestion for on-time guests (I sometimes have the same problem myself!), I have a feeling your daughter and friends will be extremely well fed no matter when they show up!

Congratulations to her and cheers to you for tending the Weber flame!

Mike

05.26.15

John R

That is some good advice to write down the schedule. I'm known to write down lots of lists and other info, but I never thought about the schedule. I wish I had as many grills as you, but I only one Genesis and one 22" kettle. It's been awhile since I've had them both running, but Summer is just starting. Thanks for the tip.

05.26.15

Mike Lang

Hi John -

Thanks, I'm glad you found it useful! Good luck this summer with your multi-grill meals!!!

Cheers!
Mike

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