Summer is in full swing which means spending leisurely evenings and weekends outside grilling! Even if you are already a pro grill master, these 10 summer grilling tips from Synergy Outdoor Living can help you grill up the most delicious food possible.
Let’s get grilling!
Grilling Tip #1: Start with a Clean Grill
Don’t let last night’s grill session impart charred flavor to tonight’s chicken. Use a sturdy metal grill brush to clean the grates between uses. P.S. It’s easiest to clean a grill when it’s hot!
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Grilling Tip #2: Avoid Putting Cold Food Straight on the Grill
Let meats come to room temperature on the counter for at least 30 minutes before grilling which allows them to cook more evenly.
But, if you are looking for a rare sear, say with tuna, then keep it chilled!
Grilling Tip #3: Don’t Move the Food Around
Generally, the fewer times that you flip something, the better it will be. If the meat keeps sticking to the grill, let it cook for a few more minutes—it will unstick itself when it is ready to flip.
Grilling Tip #4: Don’t Flatten Meats
We know that that burst of sizzling flame that comes from squishing a burger or steak with a spatula can be tempting, but when you do that, you are letting all the juices that keep the meat moist and delicious burn off!
Grilling Tip #5: Keep a Spray Bottle on Hand for Flare-Ups
While flames can impart a smoky flavor to your food, they can also char it unpleasantly. Keep a spray bottle of water handy to dampen flare-ups without interfering with the heat on the grill.
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Grilling Tip #6: Buy a Meat Thermometer
It can be hard to tell a meat’s temperature by merely touching it unless you are a very experienced cook. A quick check with a meat thermometer will give you more confidence when grilling and ensure that your grilled meats are not tough or overcooked.
Grilling Tip #7: Undercook Food Slightly
Just like baking, food continues to cook after it is taken off the grill. You can expect the temperature of your food to go up by about five degrees after taking it off the grill, so plan accordingly.
If you want a steak or burger at a specific temperature, take it off the grill before it reaches that perfect temperature so when you dig it, it will be delicious!
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Grilling Tip #8: Let the Meat Rest
After cooking, allow the meat to sit undisturbed and unsliced for at least five to 15 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute. The larger the piece of meat, the longer time it will need to rest.
Resting meat is a crucial part of juicy grilling results!
Grilling Tip #9: Don’t Over-char
No one wants to eat meat covered in black char. If you have thick meats with bones such as chicken thighs, cook them on high heat to get a nice crust, then move them to lower, indirect heat. This allows the meat to cook through slowly without overcooking and charring the outside.
Consider par-cooking chicken in the oven for 15-20 minutes before grilling. Also, great to precook: ribs!
Grilling Tip #10: Keep it Simple!
When grilling for a group of family and friends, it can become stressful keeping track of grilling different proteins and vegetables, so keep it simple. Offer a couple of protein options but have a variety of interesting side dishes, sauces, or condiments available.
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