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For at least 3 seasons of the year, if I get the urge for a quick bratwurst for lunch or a steak for supper, my trusty propane-powered cook station is at the ready to satisfy my need for charbroiled meat.
Though I prefer the flavor of a true charcoal barbecue, the convenience of turning the knob and pushing the piezo electric igniter better suits our last-minute “Let’s do shrimp on the barbi” lifestyle.
Following are the best grilling tips to make you a grill master at home.
There are lots of little-known secrets from the pros here!…
Best Grilling Tips
Becoming “master of your grill” includes more than simply being able to light the burner.
There are some tricks of the trade worth learning — such as how to cook different meats, how marinades and seasonings compliment and tenderize certain cuts of meat, and how to tell when something is cooked to perfection.
“Low and slow” is the key to making even the toughest cut of meat tender enough that you can pull it apart with a fork. All it takes is low heat and some time; lots and lots of time.
Here are 9 affordable steaks that are well-suited for grilling. There’s no need to spend top dollar every time you want beef for supper!
Don’t forget, you can also smoke food on your grill. Here’s a video that show’s you how:
As the grill master at your home, you’ll also need to know how to clean your grill properly. The following video shows you how to keep all the flavors in your meat, rather than in your grill’s drip pan. (See why you don’t want to forget the canola oil!)
Always keep safety first as your primary concern when using a grill. Both gas and charcoal grills can quickly get out of control and place people and structures in extreme danger! Never attempt to light a grill that is located in a building such as a garage or under a covered porch or deck.
Check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Grill Safety Tips
And finally, if you haven’t already given some thought to greener grilling techniques, let this be the year to “think green” when you’re planning your next backyard BBQ.
There are many things you can do to conserve resources when you’re grilling. For starters, recycle all paper, plastic, and aluminum products. And something most people wouldn’t think of… use pitchers of iced tap water in place of individually bottle water.
What To Look For When Buying A Grill
The same is true with an outdoor grill as well. After all, it will see plenty of use through its lifetime.
Buying a grill that is designed to give good service for many years means that you will spend less money in the long run.
Some things to look for in a gas grill:
- Stainless steel construction – takes rust out of the equation.
- Burners with long warranties – to keep the flames hot (burners are often the first item to fail on a gas grill).
- Cast iron rather than a chrome-plated wire cooking surface – just as cast iron frying pans are indestructible, your grill will last much longer and be easier to clean.
Check out The Best BBQ Values to see the grills that rated highest on performance and construction quality, according to Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping. I find it interesting that they didn’t feel the latest infrared technology was any better than a standard gas grill. Keep that in mind, if you’re the type that usually likes all the latest bells and whistles.
If you’re trying to grill greener this year, these 6 BBQ grill facts will help you decide which is the best grill for you.
More Great Grilling Tips:
- How To Grill – great tips for beginners and skilled grillers alike
- Tips For Grilling Vegetables – some veggies are better to grill than others
- Bobby Flay’s 10 Great Grill Tips – use squeeze bottles!
- The Grilling Coach – all the best tips from a pro
- Gas Grilling Tips – direct vs indirect cooking
- How To Barbecue On A Gas Grill – an online video series covering all the basics
- Tips For Successful Grilling – how to tell how hot the grill is
- Green Grilling – which grill is best?
- How To Upgrade Your Grilling Experience – tongs, tongs, tongs!
- 10 Tips For Successful Grilling – how to decide if you need a single-level or dual-level fire
- Grill Cleaning Tips – how to clean your grill like the pros do!
One of my all-time favorite "hobbies" is cooking at home! I especially enjoy experimenting with new ingredients …and different types of cookware. My specialties are foods that are diabetic-friendly, keto-friendly, and low-carb. I share my favorite recipes and cooking tips here at The Fun Times Guide to Food.