BBQ season is officially upon us. But in case you haven’t busted out the grill yet, Yahoo Canada chatted with Broil King Brand Manager and Grilling Expert Ben Street and Chef Shahir Massound from Butterball who’ve teamed up to give us pro tips on how to master the grill successfully this patio season.
Follow the fool-proof grilling tips and tricks to wow your family and friends at your next outdoor cookout.
Always use a meat thermometer
To ensure steaks, chicken, burgers, turkey and chops are cooked perfectly for you and your guests to enjoy, be sure to check meat with a thermometer.
Don’t try to speed up grilling time by turning up the heat. A hotter grill is more likely to burn your meat, while leaving the middle undercooked. Instead, try searing your meat on high, the finish cooking on low.
Oil up cooking grids
To prevent meat from sticking on the grill, it’s suggested to oil up cooking grids prior to cooking. This also makes cleaning the grids a lot easier.
Using a silicone brush, generously coat the grids with canola or peanut oil.
Use ice to clean around grids
A cool and unique hack for cleaning your grids without leaving residue or debris is with ice.
Add lemon juice into the mix for an all natural degreaser. For this, use an ice grill brush.
Remember, season before sauce
For mouthwatering smokey flavours, don’t just rely on sauce. To compliment the natural flavours the meat releases on the grill, you need to season the meat with dry rub of spices.
To prevent burning, start grilling you meat with the dry rub and brush on sauce as you go. To ensure you nail the spices every time, use exact measurements for accuracy.
Keep things clean
Grilling meat on the grill can get pretty sticky and greasy, but your grill doesn’t have to be. To keep things neat and tidy, silicone side shelf mats keep sauce from getting everywhere while preventing unwanted scratches on stainless steel shelves.
Grilled vegetables: Keep it simple and delicious
When it comes to seasoning your meats and veggies, the key is to keep the marinade under five ingredients. Grilled veggies can be as easy as two ingredients: your vegetable of choice and a salad dressing. Balsamic and Italian dressing have exactly what you need for flavour.
To prep veggies before the grill, toss bell peppers, zucchini and mushrooms in a resealable bag with one cup of dressing and shake it up.
You’ll need cutting and carving boards
To safely handle and prepare raw meats and vegetables, you’ll need a couple of cutting boards. Once meat is ready to serve, cut and serve on a rustic wooden carving board to quickly get dinner on the table (style points are a bonus).
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