10 Ways to Get Your Grilling Game to the Next Level
You know when summers around the corner when you smell grilling in your neighborhood, from all kinds of red meat, chicken, and fish to corn and a variety of vegetables.
With so many possibilities, it’s hard to know just what to grill. While there are a lot of super delicious recipes out there, here are 10 tips to take your grilling game to a whole new level and turn the family into grilling connoisseurs!
1. Start With the Right Tools
When it comes to grilling, there are a variety of tools you’ll want on hand to make your grilling experience easier. If you find yourself running to the store throughout your cookout, grab these tools first. From tongs to basting brushes and spatulas, you’ll have everything you need for a successful cookout.
2. Organize What You Need
Keeping all of your ingredients organized while grilling can be a pain. To keep your grill clean and your cooking efficient, make sure you have a place to keep all of your ingredients in order so you’re never losing what you need.
3. Don't Forget Your Fuel
So you’ve got the right tools, you’re organized, but there’s one last piece of the pie: your grill. So, whether you’re using charcoal or propane, make sure you have enough of the fuel to last you throughout your cookout. You don’t want to have to go to the store and leave your food to chill in your grill for too long.
4. Pick Your Heating Method
There are three different ways to heat your grill. You can go with a charcoal grill, which is great for that smoky taste, or you can use a gas or propane grill which will simplify your cookout and keep your costs down.
5. Prepare the Grates
You should always clean your grates before you start grilling anything. If you have some marinade that you’re sharing, you can use that to do a quick cleanup. If you don’t have any, grab some charcoal and run it along the grates. A grill brush will do the trick.
6. Locate Your Hot Spots
If you’re using a charcoal grill, your coals will likely have a hot spot. Keep an eye out for it, and move your food around so it can cook evenly and not burn. You can also put your food on a tin foil lid, to keep your food from touching the direct flame.
7. Put Your Food in Place Carefully
When placing your food on the grill, make sure that you do it carefully to avoid fire from flaring up and burning yourself accidentally. Also, remember that your food should never touch the flame directly. You should place it on a tin foil lid or a grill grate. If you’re using a gas grill, while a little more expensive, it’s safer than a charcoal grill. Or if you have a Hibachi Grill, you don’t have to worry about this, which is nice!
8. Put on the Lid
If you want your food to cook faster, put on the lid. This will make a difference in your cooking time. The lid will also keep your food from drying out, which is important if you’re cooking something that takes longer for it to fully cook.
9. Don't Forget to Baste
Basting is a great way to add flavor to your food without having to slather it with sauce. This way, you can add flavor to your food while keeping it healthy. If you’re using a charcoal grill, you can just wet your brush and apply a little to the top of your food. If you’re using a gas grill, you can use a mister.
10. Safety Is Imperative
We’re not going to tell you to put your cell phone away, but you should always make sure that you’re following all proper safety precautions. This means making sure no one is near the grill, keeping a fire extinguisher on hand, and even having a fire blanket handy.
From these 10 tips, you can see that you can take your grilling game to the next level. All it takes is practice and persistence. You might not get it right the first time, but you can improve with each cookout until you’ve mastered it.
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