Guys Love Grills: Summer BBQ Basics
At some point this summer, you may have to man the grill in order to host the perfect outdoor get together.
Grilling some burgers and dogs should be the simplest thing in the world. But if you’ve never played with fire before, barbeque can be a bit intimidating.
We take the guesswork out of grilling with some simple, straightforward tips that will have you BBQ-ing with the best of them all summer long.
First, like all cooking, grilling is part technique, part practice, and a dash of artistry. You will get significantly better with practice, so get on that grill. And always keep a clean grill for the best tasting BBQ and safe operation.
Keep a close watch on your food and stay by the grill. Food can go from tasty to charred pretty quickly.
Arrange your grillables to cook smart: fruit and veggies on the cooler, outer corners of the grill and thick meats in the middle, where the flames burn hottest.
Avoid low-fat meats or fragile fish sticking to the grill with a little oil or nonstick cooking spray on the surface before you heat up your BBQ.
Resist the urge to flip those burgers obsessively. Most things only need to be turned once while cooking. And NEVER use a fork to flip! It will puncture the meat letting yummy juices cook out and resulting in a chewy, tough piece. Get some real grilling tongs (lengthy is safer).
Grilling up kebabs? Great! Fruit, meat, fish, and veggies all make delightful treats when stuck on a stick and grilled. Just don’t forget to soak your skewer sticks for at least 20 minutes first to keep them from burning.
Take the time to marinade! An hour or two before your food hits the heat, completely submerge meats in 1-2 cups of marinade for every 1.5-2 lbs. of food. This simple step will steep your dish in flavor while quickly tenderizing the meat.
Don’t confuse BBQ sauce with marinade. Wait to brush on any sugary sauces till the last few moments. The drips cause flare-ups and can burn the surface of foods quickly.
Ready to get grilling this weekend? Try this simple, fast menu from SteakEnthusiast.com. It’s a complete 4th of July meal- sprout salad, marinated strip steak with garlic mushrooms, and patriotic berries and cake- all ready in about 30 minutes.