Summertime means grilling time. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned – pardon the pun – master griller, we have a few tips and suggestions to help ensure every time you step up to the grill is a great experience and your family and guests are impressed with your work.
Perhaps one of the simplest ways to ensure your success at the grill is to have the right tools. Having the right tools will help you get things done safely, correctly, and faster. Some of the basic things you will need are:
- Chimney starter: Used when you are using a charcoal grill, the chimney starter is used to light the charcoal quickly.
- Grill brush: Used to keep the grill grate clean. It’s always important to keep the cooking grates clean from gunk and old food.
- Long handle tongs: Look for sturdy tongs so when you turn your steaks or chops they won’t buckle with the weight. A good length to look for is at least 16 inches.
- Meat thermometer: This one is very important. A good meat thermometer to let you know when the meat is ready rather than guessing and taking it off the grate resulting in uneven cooking. I never grill without one.
- Gloves: Remember that you are cooking over a very hot surface, having a good pair of grilling gloves will save your hands from accidentally touching one of the scorching hot surfaces when you are turning over a steak or burger, or when you are ready to take the meat off the grill.
Look for various recipes for the food you want to grill and experiment with. There isn’t just one way to season or prepare a steak, burger, chicken or whichever kind of meat you’d like to make. One of my favorite brisket rubs calls for fresh coffee grounds, and let me tell you, it’s delicious.
This is the hardest part of grilling. Resist the urge to flip the burgers constantly, do not give in to the temptation of lifting those steaks before they’re ready. Patience. It will be worth it in the end.
For some great tips from one of my favorite grill masters, Steven Raichlen, check out his Barbecue University website.
Do you have any grilling tips for us? Share them in the comments section below.