It’s only the beginning of July, but already this summer is a hot one. I’ve been using our grill for almost all of our cooking and one day I thought to myself could I bake on the grill? I did a little research, used a little creativity, and did it! And not only was using my grill as an oven successful, but it was easy! I may not turn on my oven for the rest of the summer.
If you want to give baking on a grill a try, here’s how to do it:
What you’ll need
1. Any kind of covered grill will work, although it is easier to control the heat with a gas grill than a charcoal grill.
2. A thermometer is quite helpful, though not necessary. Many grills come with them. If yours doesn’t, use an oven thermometer.
3. You’ll also need something heatproof to set your sheet pan or baking dish on so that it’s not sitting directly on your grill rack. I use a cast iron pan, as it can handle direct flames without discoloring.
How to turn your grill into an oven
In order to use a grill as an oven you need to turn direct heat into indirect heat. Every grill is different, so you’ll need to figure out what will work best with what you’ve got.
Step 1: Turn on the grill. If you are using a gas grill with only one burner, then turn it on. If you have a gas grill with multiple burners, turn on only some. You’ll do your baking above the unlit burners. Our grill has four burners, so I turn on the outside ones and bake in the middle.
A note about charcoal grills: I’d recommend arranging the charcoals so that there is an open area for indirect heat. For example, placing the charcoal in a ring around the outside, leaving the inside empty.
Step 2: Preheat the grill. Aim for up to 25 degrees (Fahrenheit) higher than the desired temperature, as some heat will be lost when you place your unbaked items inside and won’t be regained as easily as it would in an oven. Getting the temperature right may take a few tries, but keep at it.
Step 3: Insert items you wish to bake. If you are using a charcoal grill or a single burner gas grill, then it is vital you place something on the grill between it and your baking pan. Even though I bake over burners that are off, I still use a buffer just in case.
Step 4: Adjust heat as necessary. It’s okay do a little peeking, but try to limit it. Every time you open the grill you’re losing heat. As you get to know your grill, hopefully you will need to peek less and less. If it looks like your baked items are browning too fast or too slow, adjust the heat. I haven’t given any instruction on specific grill temperature settings because every grill is going to be different.
Step 5: Enjoy your baked goods. When your baking is done, remove everything from the grill and enjoy! And take comfort in the fact that you didn’t even need to turn on the oven to enjoy freshly baked goods.