Nothing says summer quite like firing up the grill and throwing on some fresh cuts and fresh veggies. To make sure that you get the most out of your experience the next time you take up your tongs, check out these tips that’ll help you do your best grilling this summer.
Heat or indirect heat
For the best outcome, know when it is right to use direct heat or indirect heat. Generally, if it takes less than 20 minutes to cook, direct heat is better. Over 20 minutes, and indirect heat is best. For example, you’ll want to cook chicken breasts on direct heat, but a whole chicken should cook slower and lower on indirect heat.
Have the right tools or improvise
You’ll need the right tools in your arsenal if you want to be a grill-master. A great implement to have is a grilling basket, which makes grilling loose vegetable a breeze. Pile them in and cook them without skewers. It’s also great for delicate, flaky fish fillets.
With kebabs, save yourself some time on the prep. Instead of soaking the skewers that you need, soak a bunch ahead of time and then freeze them.
Don’t have a brush to clean the grill? Use a crumpled ball of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Use your tongs as a handle and brush away the gunk.
General dos and don’ts
Burgers tend to plump up in the middle while grilling. Make an indentation in the center before cooking to even this out.
For ribs, a low heat setting for a long period will bring out the flavor without drying out the meat. And know when to add sauce. Adding sauce too early can cause the sugars to break down the meat fibers. Apply in the last 30 minutes of grilling for ribs.
And let your finished meal rest. When you take a meat off the heat, let it sit for a few minutes. This simple act will allow the juices to redistribute so they don’t all spill out when you make your first cut, causing the meat to taste dry.
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