Whether you just bought your first grill or have been grilling for decades, we want to share these Grilling Tips & Techniques to help you secure your “Grill Master” title and keep your guests coming back for seconds!
- Oil your grill. Before turning the grill on, rub some cooking oil on the grates to keep the food from sticking. If the grill is hot, use tongs to rub a cooking oil-soaked paper towel across the grates.
- Avoid using lighter fluid. Most lighter fluids contain toxic chemicals that may not burn off completely. This means chemicals might find their way into your food or, at the very least, may impact its flavor. Choose a food-safe fire starter such as RUTLAND Fire Starter Squares or Gel to light your grill.
- Wait a few minutes. Don’t put the food on the grill as soon as you light it. Give the grill time to heat up before you start cooking.
- Indent your burgers. When preparing burgers, push down in the middle with your fingers or the back of a spoon to create an indent. This way, when the meat cooks and the center rises, it will remain uniform.
- Avoid grilling cold foods. Unless you’re looking for a rare sear, meat should sit out for about 30 minutes before grilling. This allows it to cook more evenly.
- Utilize heat zones. If you’re cooking multiple types of meat or foods, create separate heat zones to ensure that everything gets cooked correctly.
- Leave space. Make sure to leave a portion of the grill empty. If a flare-up occurs, move the food away from the flames to the empty section to prevent charring.
- Cover the grill. If you start to see too many flames, cover the grill. This will cut off the oxygen supply and control the flames.
- Don’t over flip your burgers. The fewer times you flip them, the better they’ll taste!
- Don’t squeeze or flatten meat. Doing so will cause the fat to leak out, which is what gives meat its juicy flavor.
- Use a meat thermometer. It’s difficult to tell a meat’s temperature just by touching or looking at it, so invest in a meat thermometer for added confidence in your grilling.
- Use two kebab skewers. This will prevent kebabs from slipping when you flip them and makes them easier to grab with tongs.
- Wrap your veggies in foil. Especially for smaller vegetables, this will prevent them from falling through the grates.
- Cook chicken over low heat. To keep your chicken crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, cook over low heat and flip often.
- Cook pork and beef over high heat. Remember, don’t overflip! Flipping 1-3 times will keep the meat juicy and flavorful.
- Slightly undercook foods. Did you know that food continues to cook after it leaves the grill? This is called carryover cooking. Plan for food to go up about 5 degrees after it leaves the grill.
- Let your meat rest. Allow the cooked meat to sit without touching it for 5-15 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute.
- Keep your grill clean. Use a sturdy metal brush to clean the grill grates between uses. It’s easiest to do this when the grill is hot. To clean the outside, use RUTLAND Magic Wooly Bully or Glass Cleaning Cream!
We hope that these tips will be useful as you experiment with different recipes and grilling techniques. Remember to always practice fire safety when using your barbecue. Happy grilling!
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