Re: First photo set
Thanks for the pics! Welcome to the world of cooking over fire, it's awesome. Yes, that is a tiny grill. You have the right idea by placing the coals on one side, however you have too many for your grill. Reduce by 1/3 at least. Also kind of a lot of meat on all at the same time which reduces your flexibility. If you were doing just the chicken breasts for example, start them over the hot side over the coals to get a nice sear and grill marks for about 8 min or so depending on grill temp. Move them to the not as hot side to finish cooking. Amount of time on the not as hot side will vary depending on size of breasts. The dogs could go the most of the time on the not so hot side then a quick bit on the hot side for grill marks. This is called the reverse sear method.
If you notice on many of the other members pics they like to have room on their grill to move something that is cooking too fast to a cooler spot or vice versa. Also, if you are interested in a larger grill watch for garage sales, craigslist, etc. especially as fall is coming. I picked up a 22" Weber for $10 a couple of years back!!!