8 Top Tips for Perfect Summer Grilling
Summer is full of warm days conducive for outdoor cookouts, grilled food, refreshing drinks, and summer activities to enjoy with friends and family. Satisfy taste buds and guests with these summer grilling tips, recipes, and ideas!
Summer Grilling Tips and Ideas
1. Keep A Clean Workspace and Grill
A clean work space offers less room for making silly mistakes, including the risk of foodborne illnesses and cross-contamination. Scrubbing while still hot and with a sturdy metal brush is the easiest way to clean the grill, ultimately resulting to a fresh BBQ taste each time you use it.
2. Prepare the Meat and Grill
Before placing meat on the grill, allow it to rest on the counter for approximately 30 minutes. Offering this time results even cooking and a more desirable product. Additionally, preheat the grill for at least 15 to 20 minutes before placing meat on the gill to ensure a desirable sear on the exterior and moist interior, while also preventing against sticking. You can also reduce the risk of sticking by holding a well-oiled paper towel with tongues and rubbing it directly over the rack prior to placing the meat on the grill.
3. Do Not Touch the Meat
Like allowing cold meat to rest on the counter, continue to abide by the "hands off" approach; and the fewer times you flip, the better the outcome. If the meat is stuck to the grill, let it cook more - it will unstick itself when ready to flip. Additionally, do not "squish" any meat, as doing so can squeeze out the flavor and moisture.
4. Buy a Meat Thermometer
Cooking the meat to its designated internal temperature lessens the risk of food-borne illnesses. Buying a meat thermometer can gauge the temperature of the meat, doing so by placing it in the center or the thickest part of the cut for the most accurate reading. But as an additional note, food continues to cook after it leaves the grill, going up about five degrees, so undercooking slightly and planning accordingly is encouraged.
5. Rest the Meat
Though the aroma of the grilled meat may be tempting, the "hands off" approach continues! Allow the meat to sit undisturbed and unsliced for about 10 minutes after cooking. And as general rule, the bigger the piece of meat, the longer the rest time. Ultimately, resting the meat is an important key to juicy results.
6. Keep It Simple
Remember, one of the greatest luxuries of grilling is the ease of preparation. Especially if serving and entertaining, keep the menu selections simple, as it grants you more time to spend with loved ones rather than slaving in the kitchen or over the hot grill!
7. Flavor with Marinades
Marinades are usually a mix of liquid ingredients, fruit or vegetable juices, wine, water or oil, combined with seasonings and herbs. But ditch the store-bought marinades loaded with salt, sugar, and fat and create one of these fresher variations. Allow the meat to soak in the marinate for five hours or overnight and keep in mind pork, fish and chicken only need 15 minutes to two hours to steep before the juicy flavors are locked inside.
8. Don't Forget the Produce
Although grilled meats are commonly the main star at BBQs, do not forget the produce! When picking out veggies, make sure they are firm and ripe before grilling. Cut them into large pieces and place them onto skewers and baste lightly with a vegetable oil spray and season with herbs, soy sauce, wine or flavored vinegars. Bell peppers, onions, eggplant, cabbage, tomatoes, summer squash, potatoes and sweet potatoes are all delicious, grill-friendly options. And like veggies, fruits such as apples, apricots, peaches, and pears also grill up to a delectable end product. Spray the fruit with vegetable oil, sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon or ginger, and grill them until they are slightly brown.
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