As the weather heats up, so do grills across the country. Warm summer weather is synonymous with grilling season as families look to keep the house cool by turning the oven off and cooking outside. Here are a few tips to make your time outside on the grill more successful.
Take your Pick
Not all grills are created equal, but that doesn’t mean you need a top of the line expensive grill to have a successful barbecue. Your most important decision is gas vs charcoal. Both options will give you that grilled char, with gas being simple, convenient, and easier to control. However, charcoal provides an extra step of flavor, especially when combined with smoking woods like hickory or apple.
Bring the Flavor
While grilling naturally adds a caramelized smoky flavor to most anything you put on the barbecue, marinating or using dry rubs can take your flavor game to the next level. Making your own rub allows you to control flavors, spice, and heat, and it is easier than you may think. Once you have basic ingredients like paprika, granulated garlic, and cayenne, you can mix and match for endless flavor potential.
Master Your Temperature Zones
All grills have different hot spots, and mastering these spots is important to get a great crust. With gas grills, use burners to make one side hotter than the other. With coal, you’ll need to move more coals over to one side to create your own zones. Use cool zones for thoroughly cooking meats and vegetables and use the hot zones for searing and creating your outer crust on proteins
Clean While Hot
Nothing is worse than having to scrape down a severely dirty grill. However, this task can be simplified by cleaning right after you finish cooking. Once you’ve removed food from the grill, turn your grill up as high as it will safely go. Keep the lid closed and allow the heat to turn stuck on food into ash. The heat will help separate stuck on food from the grill grates, allowing you to easily wipe clean with a grill brush. Be sure to stay close by in case of grease flare-ups.
Now you’re primed with the right skills for a successful grilling season. For more information on grilling, check out these additional grilling resources for more tips on stepping up your grilling game.