Get Your Grill on!

Grilling is a great way to entertain or to create a tasty meal for your family. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy a better grilling experience…

Temperature is the ticket. Prior to cooking, take whatever you plan to grill out of the refrigerator, and leave it out on the counter until it is room temperature. This will help prevent uneven cooking.

Grill in good taste! Marinate before you grill to add whatever delicious flavors suit your taste, and arm yourself with good tools. Heavy duty metal tongs, a heavy duty metal spatula and a heat-proof brush are essential.

Heat it up! Preheat your grill 15-20 minutes prior to grilling. That way, there is less of a chance for unevenly heated grates, and a properly heated grill sears food on contact, keeping the insides moist. High heat is 400-450 degrees, medium high is 350-400, medium is 300-350 and for low, use 250-300 degrees. It’s also a good idea to keep a squirt bottle of water handy help keep unexpected flames at bay.

Be patient. Don’t constantly poke or move whatever you have decided to grill, or you could prevent a nice sear. When you are cooking several pieces of meat, keep them a few inches apart. The edges should look cooked and they should lift with no resistance. If they are not quite done, move them to a cooler part of the grill and close the lid to avoid burning the outside.

Rest is best. Once you have removed your grilled items, let them rest for at least 75 percent of the cook time. For example, if you have cooked your steaks for 10 minutes, letting them rest 8 minutes before serving would be ideal.

Don’t forget the veggies! Vegetables don’t require a long time on the grill before they are tender. Start with dry, room temperature veggies. Since vegetables can be eaten raw, cook time is entirely up to you. They are easier to cook if you cut them prior to grilling so that they lie flat, but you may want to consider using a grilling basket to avoid “losing” anything between the grates.

Keep it clean. It’s most effective to clean your grill while it is still hot, with a long-handled wire brush. Scrub off any cooked food and then lightly oil it before you let the grill cool off. The oil will help reduce sticking during the grilling process. Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill. Use vegetable oil soaked paper towels held by long metal tongs to wipe the grates.

All there is to do now is enjoy the fruits of your labor. Bon appetit!