How to Cook on the AutoIgnite Digital Charcoal Grill and Smoker

How to Cook on the AutoIgnite Digital Charcoal Grill and Smoker

Bringing the Ease of Gas to Charcoal Grilling

The AutoIgnite™ Series 545 Digital Charcoal Grill and Smoker is a powerful grill that can give you versatility from grilling, smoking, searing, and roasting. In this blog we will go over how to successfully grill using different culinary techniques.

"If you are someone who is looking to cook a few racks of ribs or wings, as well as searing steaks and burgers, the AutoIgnite for you.""- AutoIgnite Review

The AutoIgnite is designed with simplicity in mind! The QuickSear™ hopper, QuickStart™ Auto Ignition and the Wi-Fi Control can be a game changer for your backyard barbecue. You can sear by placing your food directly on the QuickSear™ hopper. You can start the grill easily with the QuickStart™ Auto Ignition and keep maintain a consistent temperature with Wi-Fi Control. While grilling just got easier, the techniques stay true for grilling, let us get into it.

AutoIgnite Design

The AutoIgnite Grill from Masterbuilt seamlessly blends tradition with innovation, offering unparalleled versatility and convenience. Equipped with advanced features and precision controls, this grill empowers you to grill, smoke, roast, and sear easily, turning ordinary meals into extraordinary culinary delights. Through utilization of the grilling space, you can grill on the grates, sear on the Hopper Lid, smoke, and roast using indirect heat on the AutoIgnite. Bringing classic smokey flavor with charcoal and wood smoke to every meal. With ample space, explore different cooking styles by altering the heat.

One of the features that separates the AutoIgnite from the rest is it is QuickSear™ Cast Iron Sear Plate/ Hopper Lid. The Hopper lid is designed not only to maintain your charcoal but to give you the ability to use it as a quick high sear plate. While the AutoIgnite can maintain temperatures from 250° - 650°F, the Hopper Lid can get much hotter with the cast iron griddle plate.

Other features that separate the AutoIgnite grill from other charcoal grills are the DigitalFan™, QuickStart™ Automatic Ignition, Digital Control Panel, App connectivity and more.

Someone holds a smartphone running the Masterbuilt App up in front of an AutoIgnite Grill and SmokerAn open AutoIgnite Grill and Smoker. Cheeseburgers and sausages grill on the main cooking grate. 2 hamburger buns toast on the warming rack, and 2 skewers rest on the QuickSear hopper cast iron griddle plate. A wooden cutting board with lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes, and grilled sliced onions is on the left side shelf.

Diving into Different Grilling Methods You Can Do with the AutoIgnite

To understand more about the different grilling techniques, first you need to understand the power of heat to get different cooking results. The more heat your grill produces, the quicker your meal will heat up. The lower the heat, the more time it will take for your meal to be ready. The slower you cook, the more charcoal and wood flavor you can infuse.

Steak searing on the AutoIgnite charcoal hopper lid
  • Grill: Grilling involves direct heat, where you cook items like hot dogs or hamburgers close to the heat source. Typically, grilling is done in the 350-to-500-degree range, and most grilled recipes only need a few minutes on each side.
    • The primary advantage of grilling is the quick cooking process due to the high heat. By searing the exterior of the food, achieving caramelization, you not only enhance the flavor but also lock in the juices, resulting in the classic grilled texture.
  • Sear: The days of buying one grill and using a separate grill to sear are over. The AutoIgnite has incredible searing abilities with the QuickSear™ hopper. It is simple to access, with grill gloves, lift the warming rack and slide it back for full accessibility to the sear plate.
    • Searing provides a high-heat cooking method that quickly browns the surface of food, creating a flavorful crust. Searing typically ranges in heat from 300-500 degrees. Searing can leave a delicious taste on steaks, chops, and other meats to enhance flavor and appearance.
  • Roast: Roasting involves using indirect heat to slowly roast. This can be done with minimal smoke compared to smoking. Roasting can happen between 300-400 degrees. This is ideal for whole chickens, turkeys, larger cuts of meat, and vegetables, allowing for even cooking.
  • Smoke: Going low and slow is always a delicious way to bring more flavor to your meals. This method involves using indirect heat with the addition of wood smoke to bring a charcoal, smoky flavor. This is ideal for ribs, brisket, peaches, dips, and so much more! This temperature typically ranges from 225-250 degrees and can be maintained for 5 hours or for an overnight smoke.

In conclusion, the AutoIgnite™ Series 545 Digital Charcoal Grill and Smoker offers unparalleled versatility and convenience, seamlessly blending tradition with innovation. With advanced features such as QuickSear™ technology, Wi-Fi Control, and precision controls, this grill empowers users to grill, smoke, roast, and sear with ease, turning ordinary meals into extraordinary culinary delights. Whether grilling, searing, roasting, or smoking, the AutoIgnite delivers exceptional results, bringing classic smoky flavor with charcoal and wood smoke to every meal. With its affordable price point below $500, the AutoIgnite is packed with features to provide the ultimate grilling experience, making it a favorite among grill enthusiasts.