Build a Makeshift Salamander For Your Steaks Alton Brown

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If you were to walk into your local appliance dealer or restaurant supply store and purchased a salamander broiler, you’d be out at least a thousand smackeroos. Instead of paying the big bucks, follow these easy steps from the Mr. Wizard of food, Alton Brown, and make one outside on the grill for the perfect porterhouse preparation in just 5 minutes.

The process of creating your own backyard salamander (the kind without four legs) is a simple one. Here’s a list of what you’ll need before getting started:

• Grill Mat (optional)
• Cinder Block
• Charcoal Grill Grate
• Charcoal Chimney Starter
• Metal Mixing Bowl
• 1lb Lump Charcoal
• Vegetable Oil/Canola Oil & Newspaper
• Long Tongs
• Insulated Gloves

The idea is to keep the charcoal chimney off the ground and allowing air underneath. Your steak will cook in the few inches between the under side of the chimney and the grill grate. It sounds wacky, but is one of the smartest things we’ve seen in quite awhile. The metal bowl is used to create an outdoor oven of sorts to finish off the cooking, all of which takes place in just 5 minutes.

Check out the video below for the full tutorial (which starts 50 seconds in), because this is one of those things that’s just easier shown than said, take it away Alton!

Give it a try and send us pictures of your adventure, or let us know how it works out below. We gave the method a test run and came out with super tasty results, so we hope all the same for your own endeavors!