Does broil mean grill?

As the summer months approach, many of us will turn to outdoor cooking as a way to enjoy our favorite foods in the sunshine. However, when it comes to grilling and broiling, there is often confusion about what these terms actually mean. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at whether broiling means grill ing and clear up any misconceptions you may have.


When it comes to cooking meat (and sometimes vegetables), two of the most common methods are grilling and broiling. While both can result in delicious meals that our taste buds will thank us for, they are not interchangeable techniques. There is some debate around whether or not broiling means grill ing , so let’s investigate further.


Before we dive into the question at hand, let’s first define what grilling and broiling actually mean:


Grilling typically involves placing food above an open flame on a barbecue or grill – this produces heat from below (visualize flames under your steak) . This process can be done outside with charcoal barbecues or gas grills like Weber Spirit II 310 Gas Grill which allow you to control each burner individually- great if you’re looking for indirect heat (useful for larger pieces of meat).
Additionally indoor gas stove top ranges equipped with “grill” elements use either natural gas or propane burners that ignite below a cast iron grid creating hot spots directly underneath your ingredient (think thick skillet).


Broiling involves using radiant heat from an oven element located within your appliance ( positioned usually near top-center) instead of direct fire like in traditional BBQs (picture red-colored coil similar to heating element found inside ovens above oven racks.) The food being cooked is exposed directly beneath indicated heater coils giving incredible sear marks quickly producing crusty meats – think meat/vegetable placed under heater indoors instead.

Main Differences

Grilling and broiling differ in terms of the method that is used to cook food, as well as the equipment required. Grill ing ‘s exposure near live flames give it a distinct smoky flavor whereas Broil light heaters can produce crusty sear marks producing uniform browning when adjusted correctly. Time taken for both methods also varies since grilling uses thicker cuts which require more time while broiler cooks faster due to the close proximity of element box posing greater temperature impact at a shorter duration making for great rolls with slight char or crust on top

Use Cases — Which Method to Pick and When?

Now that we know what these methods are, let’s explore some use cases:

Grilling Use Cases

Meat & Poultry

  • Thick cut chicken / Fatty Pork chops (similarly thick)
  • Beef Steak Cuts eg Rib Eye steak/T-bone

All these ingredients benefit from grillin’ , offering direct heat cooking over an open flame giving excellent chars specially over a Weber Spirit II – 2 Burner Gas Grill (control temperature by adjusting height between charcoal tray/grates) . Vege gals are not left out – include Asparagus/Squash/Zucchini/Portobello Mushrooms perfectly grilled alongside any protein choice.

Think hearty meals made outside during summer picnics or evening barbecues; simple hotdogs accompanied by fresh salads like coleslaw plus Chimichurri sauce could make your day even better!

Fishery too?

Fresh fish fillets such as salmon/seabass though delicate in texture can still be grilled if using wire baskets designed for this sorta thing ensuring they don’t flake off into firebox leaving you disheartened with non-crispy seafood options.

Broiling Use Cases

When choosing broiling prepare thinner ingredient cuts preferably lamb chops and so on to maximize dish taste since close proximity of element yields quick results.

Bread/Toast Roasting

broiling bread/toasts provides ultimate golden crispy texture especially while utilizing slices with fats like butter or cheese creating a warm melt leaving behind lovely crisped edges on topsides.

Casseroles and Vegetables

When it comes to casseroles, Broil ing retains essential nutrients within roasted veggies such as freshly cut bell peppers, eggplants which have been tossed in your favorite herbs/spices

Is Broiling the Same As Grilling?

So back to the question at hand – does broiling mean grill ing? The answer is no; they aren’t the same process. Although both methods use high heat to cook our food,Broiling uses dry intense heat from an indoor oven top-down. Grillin’ concerns itself more open flame/grates outdoors yielding signature smoke flavored foods regardless of meal choice– Beef/Eggplant/the list goes on

The differences between grilling and broiling come down to equipment used , resulting desirable traits unique unto themselves when properly employed not interchangeable .While any recipe could be adapted easily for either technique one should take note other variables will still remain different- Heat intensity/calibration,height variance &nutritional effect during cooking (heat mixtures of simple E.coli) .

Finally, there is much fun experimenting with both techniques until you find out what works best for you!

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