Whether you’re grilling at home or taking a camping trip, your cast iron skillet is a must-have tool for your summer cooking! Because of its sturdy sides, you can set it right on the grate and turn your grill into your outdoor kitchen. From searing the best burgers to turning your grill into a smoker, this trusty pan can do anything. Here, 5 reasons (and recipes!) that illustrate why we love our cast-iron skillets so much.
- It is the best way to get a crusty sear on a burger. When you cook your burgers in a cast iron pan on you grill, it gets to cook in its own fat. This adds more flavor and cuts down on grill flare-ups which can make your food taste like propane. Same goes for steaks! Get the smoky flavor of the grill, but a better sear on your meat.
Recipe: Pork Green Chile Burger
- It conducts heat evenly. Cast iron conducts heat evenly, so you can gently cook something like our Campfire queso without worrying about scorching or hot spots. It also retains heat well so you can bring the queso right to the table and it will stay warm for dipping.
Recipe: Campfire Queso
- It allows you to cook your whole meal on the grill. If you’re searing a steak for tacos or a whole chicken for dinner and you want some refried beans or sautéed greens, you can do it on the cast iron skillet on the grate next to your protein.
Recipe: Southern Living’s Skillet Charred Beans
- It helps you turn your grill into a smoker. You can add soaked wood chips to your cast iron skillet and set it in the corner of your grill. It will add a subtle smokiness to whatever you’re cooking – no smoker or wood chip box required.
Recipe: Leit’s Culinaria’s Texas Smoked Chicken
- It is a great way to “bake” something on your grill! Close the lid on your grill and it functions much like an oven! Because cast-iron conducts heat so well, you can use it to cook cobblers, crisps, brownies or sturdier cakes and they will get a touch of smoke from your grill.
Recipe: Food & Wine’s Skillet Brownies on the Grill