It's time for some tasty flaky biscuits on the grill with these easy to follow photo instructions. Grill on and enjoy a biscuit on me.
I have been on the search for grilled sides, and I have tried this several times, but I now have it right. The answer was quite simple. All I needed to do was turn down the heat and rotate the pan. Dah...
I'm a biscuit guy. Show me a great biscuit, and I will follow you home. But in a "cooking for two" household, they are just darn convenient. You can keep the ingredients and whip up a fresh bread side dish is minutes instead of buying a nice loaf, and having it go to waste.
I almost always have extra space on the grill for an easy side like this—a very nice standard biscuit.
Grill temperature is important. You usually think of doing biscuits at a high temperature in the oven. But high in the oven is 425° while high on a grill is usually 550° to 700°. Not the same.
So biscuits are not doable on a high grill but work fine in the 400°-450° range, which is what I define as a medium grill. This is where I cook pork and chicken but not beef.
Use any drop biscuit recipe you want. I went with a simple one from an old Betty Crocker Cookbook that I have used for years. I tend to bump up the baking powder a bit for more lift.
If you don't have buttermilk, you can substitute by adding 2 teaspoons of vinegar or lemon juice to ¾ cup of milk and let it sit for a few minutes.
I tend to use a 10 inch cast iron pan for this, but any solid bottom grill pan would work.
Grilling Side Dishes
If the grill is not already on, preheat to medium, which is a grill surface temperature of 400°-450°. If the grill is on, then adjust the temperature to 400°-450°.
First, combine 2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix well. Using the fork, cut in 6 tablespoons butter.
Brush a cast-iron skillet with 1-2 teaspoons of oil. You may use any grill safe pan with a solid bottom.
Mix ¾ cup buttermilk into dry. Mix until moist.
Using a large tablespoon heaping with dough, make eight biscuits and place in pan.
Place on grill over medium heat. Rotate pan after 5-6 minutes.
Cook until browning nicely 15-18 minutes but somewhat variable due to the grill and pan.
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Editor's note: Originally Published June 1, 2011. Updated with expanded options, refreshed photos, a slight update to technique to reflect current practice, and a table of contents to help navigation.