It's summer, and that means warm evenings, mosquito bites, and the smell of coconut-scented sunscreen. Oh, and cookouts. Do you stand by the entrée stalwarts of hot dogs and hamburgers? Or might it be the sides that win your heart—like that lovingly charred ear of corn on the cob, slathered with butter, or a side of mom's potato salad? What cookout food gets you hot? »
'cooking out' on Serious Eats
Congratulations, after four solid days of basic grilling advice, you're pretty much an expert. It's time to graduate to the next level—the introduction of smoke. I contend that smoke produced from charcoal will lend a very slight smokiness to food (the old, charcoal tastes better than gas debate), but you need to step up your game if you want real flavor out of your grilling medium.