Top Grilling Tips and Tricks
With the weather getting nicer each day, everyone seems to be looking forward to gathering with friends and family for a fun BBQ this Memorial Day weekend! Before you fire up the grill, keep these handy tips in mind:
- A Clean Grill is a Happy Grill
Its important to make sure your grill is clean before you start cooking. Use a metal brush to clean the grates in between every use. The grill is easiest to clean while it is still hot.
- Put a Lid on It
You should keep your grill lid closed as much as possible. A closed lid speeds up the cooking time, keeps the grates hot, prevents flare-ups, and traps the smokiness to enhance the flavor of your meat!
- Avoid the Cold
Always let your meat come to room temperature (up to a half hour) before grilling. This allows for a more even cook.
- The Right Temperature
Considering it is often difficult to tell the temperature of meat by touch alone, it is best to invest in a meat thermometer. Everyone likes their meat cooked differently and having this handy tool will ensure the food is to their liking.
- Less is More
Don’t move or flip the meat around too often. Once is typically enough for most cuts. If the meat is sticking, let it continue to cook. It should be easy to remove once it is ready to flip.
- Don’t Squish the Meat
When you press down on meat with a spatula, you may be letting out the fat moisture, which will cause a loss in the flavor you love. Let the meat cook without squishing it.
Food generally continues to cook after it is removed from heat. Temperature can increase up to 5 degrees after it leaves the grill, so make sure it is just slightly undercooked before you remove it.
- Stop Flare-Ups
Flare-ups happen occasionally and can ruin your food. Keep a spray bottle of water handy to take care of those flare-ups if they do occur.
- No Lighter Fluid
While it may be tempting to use in some situations, lighter fluid evaporates and produces chemical fumes. Stick to chimney starters and lighter cubes for a more effective grilling experience.
- Let the Meat Sit
Allow meat to sit undisturbed for a few minutes (depending on the size) before it is served. This allows juices to redistribute and deliver the flavor you love.