It is synonymous to "grilling". It refers to the cooking procedure where food is exposed directly to heat over a hot metal such as a grill. The grill should be oiled to prevent the food from sticking. Brochette Refers to meat or other food items broiled on a skewer.
To cook with intense heat, usually by placing under the broiling heat element in an oven. In most ovens, the broiling heat element is on the top, the baking heat element on the bottom. The high heat seals in juices, allowing the outside to brown, but keeping the inside tender.
Turn the oven to its highest setting. Put the food on broiler pan--a 2 piece pan that allows the grease to drain away from the food. In an electric oven on the broil setting only the upper element heats, and you can regulate how fast the food cooks by how close to the element you place it. Watch your cooking time--it's easy to overcook food in the broiler.