10 Must-Know Grilling Tips

With Memorial Day rapidly approaching and grilling season just about here, it’s time to start boning up on your barbecue knowledge.  Whether you’re a seasoned griller or brand new to cooking outdoors, there’s always more to learn.  Check out our top 10 grilling tips- they’re guaranteed to make your Memorial Day extra memorable!

1. Avoiding Flare-Ups
To avoid flare-ups, use meat that has as little fat as possible.  Also, try to use BBQ sauces that don’t contain too much sugar.  Sugar attracts flames and will also burn your meat.

2. Controlling Flames
Control the flames on a barbecue grill by having a pint spray bottle of water mixed with 1 teaspoon baking soda.

3. Meat Preparation
Always gently wash your meat before you use it.  This both cleans the meat and also helps prepare it to absorb spices or marinades.

4. Grilling Bratwurst
Use tongs to prevent piercing the bratwurst casing with a fork and causing the juices come out. You will dry the brats out and lose a lot of the flavor to the coals. If instead of parboiling you take the fresh brats straight to the grill, be sure to cook them slowly over a low temperature. If the coals are too hot it will be almost impossible to fully cook them on the inside. It’s worth the wait so go “slow & low.”  Click here for 15 bratwurst recipes!

5. Roasting Corn on the Grill
Husks on or off, there’s really no need to soak the ears or remove the silks (they’ll come off with the husk). Place on hot grill. If husks are on, let them char a bit to impart a wonderfully smoky flavor to the corn and grill six to eight minutes. Or remove husks for beautiful color and taste (the heat caramelizes the sugar in the corn) and grill for 3 minutes.  Click here for tons of tasty corn on the cob recipes!

6. Adding Flavor to Grilled Foods
Save the stems from dried herbs and and toss them into your BBQ grill. They smoke and add a great flavor to whatever you are grilling.

7. Foil Veggie Packets
Add a few ice cubes to aluminum foil packet dinners or vegetables to prevent them from burning and keep them moist.

8. Perfectly Cooked Burgers
Make a tiny hole, about the what your index finger could fit through, in the middle of her burgers. During grilling, the hole in the middle will disappear but the center will be cooked the same as the edges.  Click here for our top 10 favorite burger recipes!

9. Roasting Chili Peppers
Place the pods on a charcoal grill about five inches from the coals. Be sure the peppers are blistered all over so that they peel properly. However, do not let them blacken or they will be very difficult to peel. Immediately wrap the pods in damp paper towels and place them in a plastic bag to steam for about 15 minutes.

10. Ribs on the Grill

For tender ribs on the barbecue grill, first make sure they have been cut apart (if they are beef ribs) or for pork ribs, rolled up. Stand ribs up in a crockpot, adding a little water so they don’t stick to the bottom. Heat on high for several hours before throwing on the grill to finish cooking and soak up BBQ sauce. They come out super tender.  Click here for 10 delicious rib recipes!

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