Summer is here and so are all those backyard bbq cookouts! Not to mention Independence Day, the best grilling day of the entire year. Anyone else stoked?
If you're reading this article, chances are you already know a thing or two about grilling. But even the masters need to brush up on their skills every year. And who knows? Maybe you'll learn something from these 15 tips that will sharpen your grilling skills and bring them to the next level.
Check out these genius grilling techniques ~ ranging from simple to the hacks only the masters know ~ and up your grilling game for summer 2022. Let's dive in!
If you're already a grill master, we're sure you know this tip already ~ but for those who don't know, try not to flip your burgers too much! Flipping your burger patties can make them lose flavor and tenderness. It's best to only flip them once so you get an even cook on both sides without messing with the meat too much.
If you leave the temperature too hot when you throw the chicken on the grill, you'll end up burning the skin and causing the chicken to dry out. For the perfect tender grilled chicken, cook it low and slow. You'll preserve flavor and keep it from drying out!
Pork and beef, however, are quite different. Of course, slow cooking is always a great option, but these meats perform best under high heat. Steak especially cooks best over the highest heat you can generate. Faster the cook time, the more tender and flavorful your steak will be.
There's a million different convoluted ways to tell if your meat is done grilling, but the best sure-fire way is to use a simple meat thermometer. Timing your meats can be difficult to multitask, and all other methods are so complicated they're stressful. Use a meat thermometer for an easy, stress-free way to perfectly grill your meat.
Looking to grill the perfect juicy, succulent burger? Keep your burger patties from drying out while they cook by placing small ice cubes or slices of butter inside your burger patty. Just make a small thumb print, tuck the ice or butter inside, and close the hole with some extra burger meat. While it's cooking, the ice/butter will melt, keeping your patty perfectly juicy.
Zap your corn in the microwave for about 3 minutes with the husks still on to get the husk soft. Once they are microwaved, the husk will slide right off. Shucking your corn has never been faster, and if you're in a rush, this is the perfect trick to get a lot of corn on the grill fast.
Cast iron-skillets can withstand extremely high temperatures, and they make cleanup way easier for your grill. Place your cast iron-skillet directly on your grill to grill smaller pieces of food like shrimp or vegetables. You'll also avoid that annoying cleanup that always follows grilling.
To prevent your fish from sticking to the grill while you cook it, grill it over a few slices of lemon or other citrus. This adds flavor to the fish and keeps it from sticking to the grill. Easier cleanup and better flavor make for a double grilling win!
To keep your skewers from burning on the grill, soak them in water for 10 minutes before throwing them on the fire. Meat and vegetables will slide onto your kabob skewers easier, and they won't burn in the heat so quickly.
Sure, you've mastered grilling meats and even veggies... but have you ever tried grilling fruit before? There are tons of delicious grilled fruit recipes out there that sound amazing and taste even better, and they might just be the perfect new challenge.
Don't have a grill brush to clean your grill? Half an onion works just fine. Stab an onion half on a fork and rub across the surface of your grill with the sliced slide down to wipe off all that grill residue that built up from your last grilling session. A safe and easy way to keep your grill clean!
For an even (dare I say, gourmet) roast on your hotdogs and sausages, cut them in spirals so they cook evenly and look amazing. This fancy cut will give it a caramelized taste and heat the sausage through faster.
If you're planning on cooking your meat for 30 minutes or less, always baste your meat with sauce or glaze in the last 5 minutes on the grill. For example, adding barbecue sauce to your chicken at the beginning of the grilling process can cause your barbecue chicken to stick to the grill and form chunks of black, burned sauce at the edges. Adding it at the end keep the sauce fresh, the meat moist, and the meal delicious.
Avoid putting cold meats directly on the grill without letting them rest at room temperature first. Letting your meat rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes before you grill allows for a more even cook (unless you want a rare sear, which is the rare exception! See what I did there;).
Seafood is tricky to grill because it so easily falls apart by sticking to the grill while it cooks. To avoid having your filet collapse into the fire, coat your fist in a thin layer of mayo before throwing it on the grill. Your fish won't stick and it will add some extra flavor.
Those are all the grilling tips we have for now, but we'd love to hear your sage grilling advice in the comments below! Let us know your favorite grilling hacks ~ make no mis-steak, we will cherish them;)
Happy summer and good luck grilling!
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