Grilling is one of the most delicious cooking techniques in existence. Its endless possibilities and combinations have made it the start of any family or friends reunion when it’s sunny outside. In this article, you’ll learn all about the history of the grill.
Its beginnings dates back to the 17th century. The Arawak tribe of the Caribbean and South America used to make fire with sticks to prepare their food, especially meat. This method was baptized as Barbecue.
Through Spanish colonizers, this technique was adopted and improved in Europe during the 18th century. In 1897, the designer Ellsworth B. A. Zwoyer patented a special design to use charcoal briquettes but this idea was said to have been stolen by the Kingsford Company.
The Beginning of the Barbecue Grill
By the end of the 1940s, this type of grill was enormously popular. However, it would easily burn the meat and needed a lot of charcoal and constant checkups to keep the fire going.
In 1952, George Stephen, an experienced welder, finally refined this design. He molded the metal so that the grill was dome-shaped, using one half as a lid to seal in the flavor. This was the best way to distribute the heat evenly. He also added strategically placed vents so the fire would not go out, and the flow of air could keep the charcoal firing up.
Improved Gas Grill
During the 1960s, Melton Lancaster and William G. Wepfer, workers at the Arkansas and Louisiana Gas Company, designed a style of the grill that worked perfectly with propane gas.
By the 1980s, the grill kept changing thanks to Bill Best, adding ceramic burners to create infrared radiation. This design helped to cook faster and kept meat tender and juicy.
By the 2000s and along with the advancement of technology, the changes were immediate. Today there are grills that you can manipulate with your mobile phone. Others have the capacity to cook meat in less than 20 minutes and maintain its smoothness and good cooking.
The grill is a classic technique that has been perfected over the years. Today it remains one of the most popular excuses anywhere in the world to reunite with your loved ones.