Griddles vs Grills
Griddles vs grills you ask? Backyard grilling has been a part of the American vernacular for a long time. Charcoal grills were a mainstay outside most houses for several decades. Eventually, full-sized liquid propane grills came on the market and the industry exploded. It’s hard to find a home in North America that doesn’t have a charcoal or propane grill sitting outside! However, there’s a new movement in the outdoor cooking industry. A fast-growing segment of the population has forsaken traditional grills for griddles. They have become griddle enthusiasts.
The word “grill” has many connotations. For the context of this article, allow me to clarify. I’m referring to a grill as a traditional propane or charcoal cooking device that has grates on top. Grates are parallel or latticed bars on or in a cooking appliance upon which food is placed allowing flames to come in contact with food. On the contrary, I’ll be referring to the griddle as a flat top cooking surface without openings or grates. The griddle cooking surface is one solid sheet of metal. This type of cooking was once only available commercially to short order cooks. Nowadays, outdoor griddles or flat top cooking surfaces are available to consumers almost everywhere. In short, the griddle has become a canvas to culinary artists of a new breed.