Quick Summertime Grilling Tips
Grilling properly is definitely something that takes time and patience. Grilling techniques are learned with trial and error. Don't be discouraged if it doesn't turn out quite right the first time, you'll get better with practice. Here are a few quick tips to making your summer backyard barbecues a hit.
The first thing that you will want to do is start out with a clean grill. Who wants to put fresh cuts of meat on a grill that is crusted over with pieces of the last meal you cooked on it? Be sure to clean the grill after each use preferably while the grill is still hot so that the char comes off easily.
Using the proper temperature is important. By using a gas grill you will get a more even cooking temperature over the entire surface of the grill. On the other hand if you are using a charcoal grill or a smoker, you will want to know where the temperature is the hottest and start your meat out in that area. When the meat is close to being done, move it over to the cooler side to finish cooking.
Speaking of temperature, allow your grill to get good and hot before putting anything on it. Many people believe that you don't have to preheat a grill, but meats cook better when it has reached the correct grilling temperature. If you prefer to do so you can use a thermometer to gauge the temperature before grilling your meats.
Be sure that you are prepared. Utensils, marinades and seasonings need to be available and at the ready. One important thing to remember when grilling is that you have to keep your eye on the grill for the entire time you are cooking. For a grill that is working at its optimum temperature the food will cook faster than you may think. To increase the heat and decrease the cooking time you can close the lid on the grill.
Make sure that you prepare your area ahead of time. You may want to bring along your favorite drink and maybe even a snack or two to nibble on since you will be the gourmet griller for the day. Keep in mind, the more you grill the better you'll get at it. Yes practice does make perfect and oh what fun you will have practicing.