Best Grilling Tips to Help Make You Look Like A Pro!
When it comes to grilling, you might not really know what you're doing at first. Do I just light the BBQ and throw some burgs on it? How hot should it be? Do I have to prep the grill? These questions and more might be racing through your head the first time to step up to the plate and start your grilling. Bad news, there's a lot that goes into grilling to make sure everything turns out perfect each time. The good news, we've done the hard work for you! We've researched the best tips and tricks to help you become a master griller and put them all into one convenient place. So if you're looking to become the next grill master and impress your friends and family at the next BBQ gathering... then listen close!
Gas vs Charcoal
iPhone vs Android, Summer vs Winter, Gas vs Charcoal. There is a debate for everything! The truth is, when it comes to BBQing, there is no method which is "better" than the other. Both have their perks, but in the end it all comes down to your taste preference. Many people prefer the smokier, richer taste of food cooked on a charcoal grill. Food cooked on a gas grill has more of a bacon-like taste. An advantage of using a gas grill is during the cooking process, more steam is produced which keeps the meat moist. The biggest difference is the cooking time. A gas grill can heat up within 10 minutes while a charcoal grill takes a lot longer. So when it comes to prepping, make sure a lot more time if you go with charcoal. No one wants to wait forever for a tasty flame grilled dinner!
Hot hot HOT!
Preheat your grill at least 15 minutes before you start cooking. This will give the grill enough time to reach the right temperature and kill any bacteria that might be present. The temperature of your grill should be roughly 250-300°F for low, 300-350°F for medium, 350-400°F for medium-high and 400-450°F for high heat. If your grill is heated properly it should sear the food on contact. Don't panic, it's not too hot. This is a good thing, it helps prevent the food from sticking to the grill and helps keep it moist. It even gives you that tasty caramelization which improves the flavours! Yum!
Now that your grill is hot, before you get to grilling, brush it off. It's easier to remove stuck on foods from the previous grilling session when the grill is hot. After preheating your grill, use a long-handled wire grill brush to clean it up. Remember to brush again immediately after use, you'll thank yourself the next time you go to grill and it's nice and clean!
Even if the grill is hot and clean, lean foods might stick when placed on the rack. To reduce sticking, soak a paper towel with vegetable oil and then, with tongs, run it over the rack. DO NOT use cooking spray on a hot grill!
Is the meat cooked?
The best way to know if a protein is fully cooked is to check its internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer. Unless you're an expert, be safe and don't guess. You don't want to make your guests sick, do you? They'll never come back for another BBQ.
Flare-ups happen when fat from the meat drips onto the heat source and catches fire. This can take away from the flavour of your food by giving it that burnt charred taste, it could also cause the meat to look fully cooked before the inside is cooked. To reduce these flare-ups, keep a squirt bottle near the grill filled with water so you can quickly put an end to pesky flare-ups. You can even go a step further and select lean cuts of meat, trim excess fat and remove poultry skin. These will all help in reducing flare-ups.
No, not you! The meat! Letting meat rest once you've removed it from the grill for about 10 minutes before carving gives the juices time to redistribute evenly so you don't have a plate full of juices. Simply rest it on a clean plate, tent it with foil and let it rest!
Now for the best part, dig in! You've earned it, grill master!