Kebabs, burgers, veggies, sausages – whatever you’re grillin’, make sure to take advantage of the tips below before you get to cooking.
Make sure your grill is clean before you start
In order to get those sought-after grill marks, you need to ensure your grill is scrubbed clean before beginning.
Don’t underestimate the power of glazes, rubs and spices
Adding the right flavors prior to cooking is vital to grilling like a pro.
Add smoke and vary your types of wood
Whether you’re using a gas or charcoal grill, varying your wood varieties or adding some liquid smoke can create amazing different flavors. Different wood varieties could include applewood for sweetness, mesquite for tang or hickory for a bacon-like taste.
Double up on skewers
If you’re a kebab fan, try using two skewers instead of one to ensure the food remains securely on the skewer while flipping.
When grilling burgers, press a small indentation onto the top of each raw patty with the back of a spoon to ensure that when the burgers puff up, the top of the burger will still be fairly level – creating patty perfection.
Invest in a grilling basket
Grilling peppers, fruit or other small items is a breeze with a basket, which prevents the food from falling through the barbecue rack without compromising the flavor and still allowing the food to cook evenly.
Timing makes all the difference
Food continues to cook after it comes off the grill, so be sure to remove it just before it’s done to your liking. The firmer the meat feels, the more well-done it is. A digital thermometer will give you the most accurate indication.
Let your food rest
Be sure to let your food rest before digging in – waiting up to 15 minutes for roasts, for example, is ideal.
So heat up your grill and get to cooking because now you’re ready to take the summer barbecue scene by storm and show your friends and family the master griller that you are.
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