Using the charcoal grill for something other than grilling

Joined May 17, 2010
I have recently started using my grill as a way to cook in my wok. I have never had much success with it over the flame from a gas stove and there is absolutely no hope with an electric. using a chimney starter, i pour out the coal and arange them with a hole in the center in a kind of circle. then i put the wok in the center and it is raging hot in no time and doesn't lose much heat after the food is put in it.

I know i'm not the first to do this but it felt magical when i did. Anyone else have some ideas other than the standard grilling meat/veggies on the grate?
Joined Nov 6, 2004
    My paella pan fits nicely in myWeber kettle...I use it for paella and general sauteing on the picks up that nice smoky flavor when the lid is put on.

Joined Oct 9, 2009
great idea, I'll definitely have to try this! But does charcoal get to the crazy heat that wok burners produce? Or even a turkey fryer? I'm sure it works, but I somewhat doubt you can get the intense heat that "real" wok cooking requires?


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Joined Mar 29, 2002
Put the wok right on top of the chimney starter. You'll be even more impressed.
Joined Jan 27, 2010
My mom use the charcoal to burn the coconut and use it for her cooking recipe. I forgot what it's called but the recipe actually calls for it burning the coconut using the charcoal. What my mom usually do is put the coconut in a bowl and place the charcoal in the middle and then heat the charcoal. That way the coconut will have a smoky taste once she squeeze the juice out of it and use it for her cooking. We love this recipe, it's really one of a kind.
Joined May 17, 2010
it doesn't get as hot as a commercial wok, but it certainly gets hot enough. after only a few minutes it is smoking.
Joined Apr 3, 2008
Steve Raichlen is the leading authority on how to grill, his books are very helpful.  He also has a cooking program on PBS, you may want to check out your local listings.  He can do anything from grill, smoke, bake, roast, or even pan fry using a grill. 

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