Posted on May 23, 2019 Topic(s): Grills and BBQs
The days are getting longer, the nights are getting warmer, and you’ve finally dug out your patio set in preparation for the summer weather. Now that barbecue season has officially arrived, and your Canadian outdoor appliances are ready, we’ve got all the insider tips and tricks that’ll help you look like a grill master this summer.
Every chef needs to utilize the best appliances for their specialty. That includes pit masters. Do you prefer a gas grill or a charcoal one? Depending on which food you prefer to prepare, you’ll want to make sure you’ve chosen the right grill for the job.
Charcoal Grill - These grills take a little more time to prep, but they offer an entirely different grilling experience. They typically give their fare a smoky taste that some barbecue masters long for.
Gas Grill - A gas grill is excellent for the griller who prefers more control while cooking. With the twist of a knob, you can adjust the temperature quickly and with ease.
One of the best practices a grill master can adopt is keeping a grill clean. It makes the cooking and eating process much more enjoyable. As soon as you remove your food from the grill, clean the grates. The remnants are much easier to remove when the grates are still hot.
Before tossing your t-bone on, preheat the grill first. Not only will you achieve an enviable sear on your meat, but you’ll also avoid having to peel the stuck meat from the grates.
If you’re cooking more than one item on your BBQ, you’ll want to create a grill zone for each one. You should also consider using one side to sear and then the other side to actually cook the meat. Or if you’re using a protein that’s a little less resilient (like chicken thighs), you may want to cook them entirely over indirect heat. Master this skill and you’ll be a pro in no time.
Besides actually cooking the meal over a grill, prepping the food beforehand may actually be the most crucial step. Whether you prefer to marinade or use a dry rub, you’ll want to ensure your food is flavourful before it even touches the hot grates of your grill.
One of the most essential steps of grilling is greasing the grates. No one likes peeling stuck-on food off a barbecue. It ruins the appearance, and in some cases, the taste as well. The safest way to grease a grill is to put a little oil (whatever kind you prefer) on a piece of paper towel and rub it onto the grates using a pair of tongs.
A crowded grill is an unhappy grill. If there are too many items packed onto the grates, your food won’t cook properly. Space it out or cook in batches.
The best thing you can do when grilling is to flip it and forget it. If you flip it too many times, poke at it too much, or squish all the juices out, your food won’t taste as good as it would if you had let the BBQ do the work.
Step 9: Stick with It
If you’re grilling, stay put. Don’t try and take on too many tasks. Food can catch on fire quickly, and if you’re right there supervising, your food has a better chance of hitting the table in perfect condition.
Not quite ready for this year’s barbecue season? Check out our previous post first: 5 Ways to Prep your Outdoor Kitchen Appliances for Barbecue Season.
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