Grilling with Live Fire
Making the Most of Your Grill
Barrel Grills: Barrel grills offer the most real estate and versatility, but you can also use a large kettle grill or a hearth to cook with live fire.
Using a Skillet: Cooking in cast-iron pans eliminates the need to run back and forth from the grill to the stove.
Controlling the Fire
Never cook over flames, only red-hot embers. “When I got my first big restaurant review, the critic said the chicken tasted like creosote,” recalls Chiarello. “We had cooked it over flare-ups.” Keep an accessible area off to the side of your grill where you can build and feed your fire.
Flexible Grilling Times
Chiarello cooks these asparagus twice: The first time early in the grilling session; the second time right before serving, after they’re wrapped in prosciutto.