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My oven has been broken for 2 months now, and for long and boring reasons will not be fixed for another month. What can I do on the grill? It's tough because it's gas and the lowest temp is 400 degrees. I've done pizza and all the traditional-grill food, but can I do other stuff? Of course without an oven I'm wanting roasted chicken and gravy....And of course cookies! Any ideas? Thanks--

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  1. A grill can be used just like an oven. You can use the same accessories (baking pan, skillet, etc.) and just set the temp where you want it. I'm not sure how your lowest temp. could be 400 though.

    1. Get a dutch oven. It's what they were invented for!

      1. You can get one of the little toaster ovens for about $35 while you wait. It won't be great, but it will sure get things baked and toasty for you for the next month while you wait.

        1. I had a house fire a number of years ago and while being remodeled and rebuilt had to resort to some creative cooking techniques. Do you have an electric skillet with a high dome? You can bake in it and also though you could not do roasted chicken you could do chicken under a brick. Of course you can do that on your grill or stove top too. If you have a center bar or can control which burners light onyour grill you can have more control of the gas grill. You might try opening the lid a bit, prop it with something to cool it to 350. If you have a rotisserie for the grill or can get one you might not go back to oven roasted chicken.

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            babar ganesh

            you could make ceviche!

            1. I'm pretty sure if you got a thermometer you'll find the low end temperatures are nowhere near 400. You should be able to do whatever you want on the gas grill. I'm guessing you either have numbers on the knob, which lead you to believe 400 is lowest, or you have an in-the-lid thermometer. The built in ones are both inaccurate, and measure the temp at the top (where it is hottest) as opposed to the temperature at the cooking surface.

              1. We've probably used our oven once in five years. My wife stores her extra pots in it. She's from China, and has no idea what to do with an oven. Thankfully, we have gas, too. I don't know what the problem is, you can generally turn down the flame as low as you want.

                1. My toaster oven, microwave, crockpot, rice cooker, and Froeman grill are getting me through my kitchen remodeling. For oven-baked food, I just go out to eat. It makes dining out that much more lovely. :)

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                    JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                    During the summer, it's just too hot to use the oven inside, so we have a convection oven out on the back porch for anything oven when it's hot. Granted, it doesn't do fresh pizzas very well, but it gets the job done on just about everything else. Just don't cover anything or it will NEVER cook.

                    1. If your BBQ is 2 burner, you can light one side and do your roasting/Baking on the unlit side. You should be able to roast a chicken in a pan and make a natural gravy. Cookies are much harder. They do no cook evenly even in some normal ovens. You might invest in a convection toaster oven. I think they are only $60.00 and will roast a Cornished Hen, and bake killer cookies in record time. I use mine almost every day to roast veggies, toast bread, finish cooking steak or fish after searing it.

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                        RumpleSlinkskin

                        I've been making brownies and cookies for one in my toaster oven for quite some time now. I've also learned to make selected desserts (apple crisp, paach cobbler, bread pudding) in small pyrex dishes suitable for one or sometimes two as required. It's not that difficult, you just have to scale your recipes down and give it a try.