With summer upon us, so is grilling season as backyards everywhere will be filled with the delicious smell of cooked meat and the noise of happy families having fun. From grilled burgers to steaks and everything in between, summer is known as grilling season! If you’re a grill novice or an expert, here are some useful grilling tips to help make your summer meals even more delicious than ever!
- Don’t put food on the grill too early
Many people make the mistake of putting their food on the grill way too early, especially if they use charcoal or wood fires. If you’re using these types of grills wait at least 30 minutes before you start to cook. Gas grills need a bit of time, too, even though they heat up faster.
- An uncovered grill
Don’t babysit your food on a grill. Most of the meats you’ll be grilling only need to be turned once, so you don’t have to be by the grill babysitting it and constantly adjusting the food. Don’t lift the lid all the time and do it once since you’ll lose that necessary smoke that will make your food more flavorful.
- Sauce early
If you love to add sauces to your meat, know that they tend to burn fast so you should only add it at the end of cooking it. Cook the meat until it’s practically don and then apply the sauce and cook it just enough to heat it and then serve.
- Use tongs
Don’t use a fork while grilling and instead opt for some tongs since forks tend to let out the juices in the meat.
- Use a meat thermometer
Don’t serve undercooked food and simply use a meat thermometer that will let you know when the meat is cooked all the way through. Just stick a remote probe in the meat and then set the alarm and don’t come back until it’s ready.
Here are some tips on how to grill the perfect steak:
- Fire up the grill
When you grill steaks, you want it to be as hot as possible, so fire up the grill for at least 30 minutes if you’re using coals.
- Prep the steak
Take the steak from the fridge and let it get to room temperature (about 30 minutes). Trim the fat and slash it vertically around the thin piece of fat around it. Add salt and ground pepper to both sides.
- Grilling the steak
Place the steak on the hottest part of the grate right above the coals and let it sear for about three minutes then flip and do the same to the other side. Make sure the lid is closed.
- Finish on the warm side of the grill
Once it’s done searing, move it to the warm side of the grate and close the lid to let it cook until it’s done. Don’t flip it during this stage of cooking.