You’ll agree to the fact that grilling and barbecuing meals has become one of the greatest privileges of the modern society. When your friends or your family trust you to prepare their cookout favorite, you don’t want to disappoint them. Grilling isn’t rocket science so you shouldn’t be worried about it. Here are tips that will help you take your game to the next level.
Cleanliness is Grill-lines
The first thing you should do is ensuring your grill is clean. That means you have to clean and oil the grates after each of your grilling sessions. Waiting for the food to get cold and harden makes cleaning difficult. So, you better do it immediately after grilling. Unless you’re happy ending up with burgers speckled with burned, hardened, and crusty bits of food. Use a sturdy, long-handled grill brush to clean the grates. Once done dip a few paper towels into vegetable oil and oil the grates.
Don’t go Crazy Seasoning your Meat
Seasoning your food with salt and pepper is important as it helps to bring out the best flavors. However, it’s not a good idea to mx seasoning into your beef especially when you’re prepping burgers. Doing so often leads to overcooking as it becomes hard to gauge temperature following the leaking of moisture inside. Season from on high and ensure you’re laying some on top.
Give a Lid-dle
Covering your grill makes the food taste smokier which is usually a good thing. However, it’s important to be careful so you don’t overcook the food. Covering your grill with a lid maintains a constant interior temperature. You’ll love the results. Don’t forget to keep the grill’s lid vents halfway open so it can keep on burning. Air is still important.
Preheat the Grill and Keep it Low
First, understand that you need an ample surge of heat before cooking can start. You don’t want your burgers and sausages not to have those coveted grill marks, do you? So ensure your grill is preheated first before you kick off your cooking, no matter the recipe. Allow the grill to preheat for about 10 to 15 minutes after firing up the burners or coals. If you’re looking to achieve that coveted crispy taste on your chicken, then you have to keep your grill low and slow, not fast with high heat.
Be aware of Cross Contamination
You want to be careful with tongs. Contamination when grilling often happens when you use the same pair of tongs to put that chicken on the grates and to take it off the grill. That’s just one example. The same applies to cooking pans, plates, and more. Before reusing a kitchen item you used for pre-cooking make sure it’s thoroughly clean. Use soap and clean water to clean the items before using them again.
In conclusion, you don’t want to forget getting hold of that mug of coffee, glass of wine or your favorite drink while grilling. It doesn’t have to be boring. You’re right there because you want to be. So make it fun and enjoy everything.