If you are reading this article, you may be approaching the grill for the first time or perhaps, have grilled before but weren’t thrilled with the results. Worry not: with these tips, you will soon be grilling like a pro.
1. Start right
Depending on the kind of grill you have, you need to fire it up using proper techniques. In case of charcoal grill, place crumpled newspaper on the grate. You could even buy fuel cubes. Next, arrange the charcoal briquettes in the form of a pyramid on the grate. Store the fuel away from the grill by tightly capping it. You can use quick starter anister and then ignite the paper or fuel cubes. Give the grill about 25 minutes to properly light up. For a gas grill, open the tank valve and turn the front burner to high setting. Allow a few seconds for the gas chamber to fill with gas. Once the first burner is ignited (you might need to push a couple of times when using the grill after a long time), turn the middle burner and finally the last burner. Allow the grill to heat up to 550 F. Once all burners are lit, close the lid. Place food on the grate and adjust the setting to the temperature called for the particular food you are grilling.
2. Keep the grill clean when not in use
Always clean the grill after it has been used. Also clear the catch tray off debris as this can prevent dangerous grease fires and also deter visits from animals. You could sprinkle red pepper powder on the grill to deter rodents and squirrels.
3. Tips to avoid flare-ups
An essential aspect of grilling is learning to handle flare-ups. Turn all burners to OFF if gas based grill has frequent flare-ups. If there is food, move it to opposite/cooler side of the grate. Once the flames have subsides, turn the burners on again. Never use water to extinguish flare-ups.
4. Easy ways to grill chicken and turkey
Always trim the excess fat from the meat. ¼ inch of fat is all that is needed to sufficiently flavor the meat. Remember this tip when grilling chicken, turkey or ribs. Another easy ways to grill chicken breasts is to pound them first. Un-pounded breasts will cause uneven grilling. So give the chicken a nice beating to make it flat. To avoid dry chicken, make sure you brine it right. Soak the chicken in brine solution for 30 minutes at room temperature. This is all the time it takes to fire up your grill. Read more about brining the chicken or turkey right here. Start with a clean and oiled grate and keep the temperature between 375 and 400 F which is just optimum to give a delicious golden brown crust.
5. Easy ways to prepare salmon for grilling
There are numerous grilled salmon recipes which are all super easy. Now that warm season is almost upon us, people are looking to fire up their grills and grilling salmon is the healthiest and easiest way to eat fatty fish which has tons of flavor. Here are some easy ways to grill and prepare salmon
- Place salmon skinless side down on the hot grill but finish the cooking by placing the salmon skin side down. This will prevent flaking and falling off of salmon pieces.
- Make sure you oil the grate but assume that the skinless side will stick to the grate anyway (whether you oil or not). So be extra extra careful when turning the fillets.
- Marinate the fish using soy sauce and minced garlic. You can also use Teriyaki sauce or simple butter, garlic and rosemary marinade to rub on the salmon. Allow the marinade to work on the fish for at least 25 minutes at room temperature.
6. Easy ways to grill ribs
When grilling fall-off-the-bone-ribs, there are many things you must and mustn’t do:
- Make a rub for the ribs– You can use salt, pepper and cayenne pepper and allow the ribs to sit in generous amounts of this mixture for at least 30 minutes.
- Pre-cook the ribs first-Instead of directly placing the ribs on the grate-precook them first in the oven. Place them in a foil and bake them at 300 F for 45 minutes. This prevents ribs from drying out and also intensifies their juicy flavors.
- Grill-Once precooked, it is time to grill the ribs. Turn on half the burners of the gas grill and keep the ribs on the unheated side. This lets you cook them evenly without burning.
- Allow the ribs to rest- Do not serve the ribs immediately. Instead, allow them to rest for 10 minutes as it intensifies the flavors.
7. Avoid common grilling mistakes
Another easy way to grill chicken, ribs, salmon or even corn on cob is to avoid using barbecue sauce while the food is on the grate. Instead, add the sauce after the food has rested a bit. This will prevent the sauce from burning. Also, never place the food, whether it is meat or vegetables, directly on the heat. Any meat that is 2 inches thick should not be placed directly over the heat. Finally, avoid peeking while the food is grilling. If the recipe calls for one hour of grilling, let it remain covered for that time. If you peek unnecessarily, You will let out the heat and the food would lose its moisture.
Use these 7 easy ways to grill and impress your friends and family at your next cook out!