Are you a little hesitant when it comes to grilling? Let us help out with these 10 great grilling tips for your next grilling endeavor – whether a simple dinner or a family party or reunion. Enjoy summer grilling with these 10 great grilling tips.
1. Pre-cook Corn on the Cob before grilling to shorten the amount of time needed on the grill. After rinsing the shucked cobs, microwave on high for 5 minutes; if desired, brush with some melted butter. Then grill over high heat, turning periodically, for 5-8 minutes.
2. Potatoes can also be pre-cooked before grilling – Bring whole unpeeled potatoes to a boil in water; reduce to a simmer and cook 40 minutes. Drain; slice long side of potato into 8 wedges, and after brushing with oil, grill at medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
3. Cooking over direct heat works well for cooking hot and fast, but indirect grilling works best for grilling whole chickens or large roasts.
4. For indirect grilling, turn off the burners directly underneath what is cooking.
5. For slow roasting meats, sear the meat first over direct heat, then move it over to indirect heat for moist, tender meat (and no burned edges) cooked at lower temperatures.
6. Remember you can use the grill year-round for cooking s’mores over the flames!
7. When grilling thicker vegetables like brussel sprouts or cauliflower, toss them in oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper; spread them over a metal sheet pan and cook over “indirect heat” on the grill at about 500 degrees for around 45 minutes.
8. Grill some skirt steaks for fajitas or topping a summer salad; just be sure to cut the skirt steak against the grain when ready to serve, since separating the long muscle fibers will practically guarantee the most tenderness.
9. Remember to only brush BBQ sauce on chicken during the last 10 minutes of cooking (approximately 5 minutes per side after applying sauce); leaving the sauce on there longer causes sugars in the sauce to begin burning and the chicken will start to char.
10. Use sorghum to make a grilling glaze by mixing equal parts sorghum syrup with either malt or cider vinegar and stir until combined. It’s a great glaze for brushing on chicken or pork during the last few minutes of grilling.
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