The Everyday Gourmet: How to Master Outdoor Cooking
1: The Art of Grilling
Start your course with the basics of grilling: choosing wood, cleaning the grill, tools of the trade, and a few lessons in food safety. Then try your hand at three simple recipes-two types of steak and a grilled salad-to get a feel for cooking over live fire. This first lesson offers a wealth of rules of thumb.
2: Grilled Vegetable Starters and Salads
Now that you're up to speed on all things grilling, take a closer look at preparing different types of salads, from pancetta-wrapped endive to Bartlett pears and greens. In addition to branching away from the traditional main course meat, this lecture on fruits and vegetables shows you how the grill can enhance your homemade salad dressings.
3: Flatbreads and Pizza on the Grill
Delve deeper into cooking with different types of charcoal. Here, you'll find out how to make different types of bread recipes on the grill, including a delicious bruschetta and a savory crostini. Then turn to homemade pizza dough and various sauces and toppings. Plus, see how to use leftover breads to make a sweet treat with the coal embers.
4: Grilling Seafood
Fish can be a tricky meat and requires close attention. Discover some common mistakes with grilling seafood and find out how best to prepare salmon, tuna, halibut, and more. Along the way, you'll learn crucial lessons about making marinades and vinaigrettes. End with a pair of recipes for grilled oysters and marinated shrimp.
5: Mediterranean-Style Grilling
Enjoy a wealth of multicultural dishes with this tour of the Mediterranean, from Italy and Greece to Turkey and Tunisia. Here, you'll explore several popular outdoor cooking recipes. Highlights include lessons in sauces such as muhammara and tzatziki, ember-roasted vegetable dishes, sandwiches and pitas, and lamb kabobs.
6: Grilling Poultry
Take a deep dive into chicken on the grill. After reviewing the different parts of the chicken, learn how to make a classic American barbeque chicken dish, a unique marinated quail mixed grill, and a non-traditional smoke-roasted turkey with a complementary three-grain salad-sure to spice up your next holiday gathering.
7: Latin American-Style Grilling
Swing down to the Caribbean to sample the flavor of the islands. Start with a skirt steak in orange mojo sauce, and move on to an original jerk chicken recipe. Then hop over to the Yucatan for a unique twist on a traditional Mexican dish. Traditionally made with marinated pork, your cochinita pibil dish here is a barbeque halibut with fire-roasted salsa and tortillas.
8: Grilling Lamb and Beef
When we think of the grill, many of us think of meat first. Look beyond the traditional burgers and hot dogs to explore different cuts of meat. Your chefs show you how to grill a marinated Thai-style hangar steak, a dry rub flat-iron steak with coal-roasted potatoes, and hoisin-glazed pork tenderloin.
9: Asian-Style Grilling
Thailand. Japan. Vietnam. Korea. Asia is home to some of the most delicious recipes on the planet, and this lecture surveys some of the popular Asian cuisines that can be prepared on the grill. After a series of skewered meat dishes-including beef satay and yakitori chicken-you'll end with Korean barbeque short ribs.
10: Grilling Veggie Savories and Sides
Shift your attention from meat to the rest of the meal. Learn how to time different types of vegetables on the grill, which will cook fast and caramelize depending on the combination of heat and sugar. Make a splendid vegetable platter with shirred eggs-perfect for a summer brunch-and then turn to grilled corn and portobello mushroom burgers.
11: The American Tradition of Barbecue
Travel south for a tour of the great barbeque styles (vinegar-, ketchup- or mustard-based) and places (the Carolinas, Tennessee, St. Louis, and Texas). After exploring the history and culture of barbeque, see how to make your own with a variety of meats, dry rubs, and sauces. Cook everything from pork butts to ribs to brisket.
12: Entertaining-Grilling for a Group
What's a grill without the occasional outdoor party? Put together everything you've learned with several scrumptious recipes for one amazing party this summer: smoked and grilled appetizers, cedar-plank grilled king salmon, and a dry rub leg of lamb-plus a few special desserts for the road.
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About Bill Briwa
Bill Briwa (1957–2018) was a Professor of Culinary Arts at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and worked in the hospitality industry as a professional chef and culinary instructor for more than 30 years. He was the resident chef for The Hess Collection Winery in California’s Napa Valley, the executive chef for The Wine Spectator Restaurant at the CIA at Greystone, and an officer on the board of the St. Helena Farmers’ Market. As a member of the Industry Services Group at the CIA, he worked closely with a range of corporate clients to help them realize their culinary goals. Chef Briwa was a speaker, presenter, and judge at numerous professional conferences, gatherings, and competitions in the culinary world. He presented at the annual conference of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and spoke at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. His writing on food and wine, olive oil, and cooking was featured in Fine Cooking, Mise en Place, and Sunset, as well as in the trade publications Flavor & the Menu and Practical Winery & Vineyard Journal.
Chef Briwa participated in The Great Courses Professor Chat series. Read the chat to learn more about cooking.
One of the challenges of cooking with live fire is we all know the challenges of grilling is managing food on the surface now we also have to manage our fuel source at the bottom at the same time.