It’s that time of year where grills all over the U.S. are getting ready to flare up! Mine included. Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching and so I thought why not start off our grilling season right. Here I have a few tips on what NOT to do while grilling.
I know we all have them; in our family, our neighbors and even our best friends, the “grill master.” But before you take into consideration what the pro has to say, go over these simple basics on grilling. Next thing you know, you’ll be considered the grill master!
- Don’t ever use lighter fluid to start a grill! Stick to the basics with charcoal. Better yet, get yourself a nice gas grill and voila!
- Don’t skip on the salt and seasonings! Some people think that seasoning in advance before grilling will toughen the food. NOT TRUE! Season ahead of time, at least 30 minutes ahead and enjoy those flavors!
- Do not press on those burgers! When you do this, not only will all the flavorful juices go to waste but you end up with a tough, dry and bland piece of meat! And flip over once or twice, not 20!
- Do not ever use those barbecue forks! Only use thongs or a spatula. The same rule applies, don’t ever puncture your meat, it will only cause the juicy flavors to be released.
- When grilling steaks, don’t slice to check for doneness! Press on the meat with your finger and check for tenderness. Depending on how you like yours done, you can tell by just pressing on it gently. The longer on the heat, the tougher it gets. Also, steaks need to “rest” after it’s taken off the heat. This allows the juices to resettle ensuring a nice and juicy outcome. Don’t cook meat “all the way through.” Remember, the meat continues to “cook” even after it’s off the heat. So remove it before it’s exactly to your liking!
- Don’t battle flare ups with water! Do the math. You’ll end up with nothing but a perfect mess. Just use flame resistant towels or gloves to get it under control.
There you have it. My simple tips for your grilling adventure. Have fun and don’t fuss, grilling is not a science project. And now for a fantastic grilled flank steak recipe:[yumprint-recipe id=’48’]How often do you grill?