Expert grilling tips to follow this patio season

Alyssa Tria
·Shopping Editor
Image via Getty Images.
Image via Getty Images.

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

Pork on skewers cooked on barbecue grill.
Pork on skewers cooked on barbecue grill.


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.


Shop it: Pit Boss Remote Grill Thermometer, $45.99, Home Depot


It’s not a race

Grilling steaks on flaming grill
Grilling steaks on flaming grill

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

Meat And Vegetables On Barbecue Grill
Meat And Vegetables On Barbecue Grill


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.


Shop it: FineGood Silicone 6 Pcs Silicone Brushes, $14.99, Amazon


Use ice to clean around grids

A man is cleaning grill grates with a brush
A man is cleaning grill grates with a brush

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.


Shop it: Broil King Stainless Steel and Nylon Ice Grill Brush, $29.99, Home Hardware

Remember, season before sauce

Smiling man seasoning meat on the grill
Smiling man seasoning meat on the grill


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.

Shop it: Mainstays 5-Piece Measuring Spoon Set, $6.47, Walmart

Keep things clean

Close-up of barbecue with a lot of meat and sausages
Close-up of barbecue with a lot of meat and sausages

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

Grilled vegetables
Grilled vegetables

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

Woman hand holding knife and fork cutting grilled beef steak.
Woman hand holding knife and fork cutting grilled beef steak.


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).


Shop it: Brilliant Acacia Wood Cutting Board, $46.99, Wayfair


The editors at Yahoo Lifestyle Canada are committed to finding you the best products at the best prices. At times, we may receive a share from purchases made via links on this page.

Let us know what you think by commenting below and tweeting @YahooStyleCA!Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.