Since summer is upon us we’re firing up the grill almost every night for dinner. It’s the best way to cook since it doesn’t heat up your whole kitchen or house, plus there’s less cleanup because you can cook everything on one surface. I’m not one to brag but I will say I know my way around a grill too. 😉 So I wanted to share some of my tips on how to step up your grilling game for the summer so your grilled meals will be a success and you can be a grill master!
1. Chose your source!
Decide if you want to cook with gas or charcoal. I’m personally team gas because it’s easier to control the heat, and it’s easier to clean. I know people who will only cook with charcoal though because they like the taste more, and the grills are cheaper. It really depends on your personal preference and what you’re wanting.
2. Find your grill!
If you don’t have a grill or if you have an old one now is the time to get a new one! I prefer to shop online so I can read reviews so I know if it’s a good grill or not, and see if I can get a better deal rather than just going to the closest superstore.
3. Think outside the grill!
Don’t limit your grilling to just meats and chicken. You can cook so many things from, vegetables and fruits to desserts. Just lookup different techniques to see the best way to cook different foods.
4. Get creative with seasoning!
The best way to get flavor into the food is by marinating it. Something I’ll do is put the seasoning on the food ahead of time along with some olive oil and let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour. By doing this it helps to give the food a ton more flavor, and the oil keeps it from drying out and burning.
5. Find the best time!
It can be too easy to overcook meat until it’s burnt and dried out. Yuck! The best way I found to cook meat is to turn the heat on low and cook it on 5 minutes on each side. I’ll do this with chicken and it’s come out juicy and just a little charred. This all does really depend on your grill and how it cooks so it may take some experimenting to figure it out but you can do it!
Here are some recipes to inspire your grilling:
Well, that’s it for my tips. I hope this was helpful, and inspired you to go get grilling!
Charcoal Grill Brown Sugar Bourbon Chicken
West Coast Chipotle Burger
Grilled Chicken, Parmesan Grilled Corn, and Sweet Potato
Fiesta Grilled Chicken with Corn Salsa & Rice
Asian Style Grilled Pork & Veggies
Grilled Fish & Chips
Grilled Steak, Mushroom, and Potatoes