5 Types of Grilling Equipment for your Korean BBQ
We know that you already made a wise decision by now to start hosting Korean BBQ feasts right at your home. One of the first things that you need to buy then is a grilling equipment. We’re sure that you have some lingering questions in your mind now: What kind of grill or hot plate should I buy? Which one would suit my cooking preferences best? For your convenience and to guide you in your purchase, we at Korean BBQ Online made a list of the 6 types of grilling equipment that people use to do Korean BBQ:
1. Standard Hot Plate
Standard hot plates are usually made out of die-cast metal and are great for cooking food items evenly. Given the material that this hot plate is made out of, it will take some time for it to heat up. And when it does heat up, it has the capacity to warm up an entire kitchen or room. Although this type of hot plate is heavy, it is often guaranteed to be durable and is expected to last you for years depending on your usage.
2. Ceramic Stone Hot Plate
This is the type of hot plate that needs microwave as its heat source. Place the hot plate inside the microwave for around four minutes so that it will be hot enough for cooking. The heat will stay for around an hour before it cools off. The biggest advantage of this type of hot plate is its durability given the material that it is made out of. The heat is also naturally distributed on a stone hot plate so that’s a big plus in terms of cooking.
3. Crystal Grill
You purchase a crystal grill if you want your meats and vegetables to be cooked more easily. Crystal grills tend to heat up more quickly than a standard hot plate so expect to save more time in the kitchen. This type of hot plate is also known for its stability even under high temperatures, the uniform temperature it provides, and its aesthetics. Note though that cleaning this type of grills requires special cleaning materials that won’t cause some scratches on the surface.
4. Clay Hot Plates
Clay hot plates have two major strengths: first is that clays are porous, and this allows the heat to be evenly distributed across the surface more than standard hot plates. Its second strength is the clay’s alkalinity. Meats and vegetables can be very acidic, but when you grill or cook them using clay hot plates, then the alkaline nature of the clay will neutralize the acidic nature of the food items.
5. Charcoal Grills
Charcoal grills, which are usually categorized as ceramic, kettle, or barrel, are perfect for outdoor grilling. Charcoal is put into the grill’s chamber underneath the grate, which essentially becomes the source of fuel. Given that vents on the charcoal grills are used to monitor and control the cooking temperature, grilling your meats will then take longer time if you opt to use this type of grilling equipment.
We hope that our brief descriptions of each of the hot plates above has somehow guided in you in preparing you for your first hot plate investment. Once you’re ready, don’t hesitate to contact Korean BBQ Online as we deliver Korean BBQ hot plates and other equipment for your convenience.