Get ready because summer will be here before you know it. Summer is a time for friends, family, food, and fun. There’s nothing like spending time with family and grilling some food on the good old barbecue. There is something special about grilled food that brings the spirit of summer. When you think of the term “grilling” you might think of hamburgers and steaks. That being said, there is whole world of different foods you can cook on the grill. Whether you are looking for charcoal grill tips, or gas and electric grill tips, the options are limitless with grilling. Here are just a few of the popular favorites:
Surprisingly enough, vegetables can be grilled just like meat and are great for summer grilling. You can throw on tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and many more. This will add a bit of crunch to the veggies, and will bring out some good flavors that would otherwise be locked away.
Believe it or not, you can also grill fruit! While your preference will be based on personal taste, it is perfectly possible to do. A great fruit to grill is pineapple! Grilling pineapple is a popular staple of Brazilian cooking that tastes great and is easy to do! Simply sear the fruit until browned on both sides, and enjoy the smoky sweet treat you just made.
Of course once you know what you are going to be grilling it’s time to actually work with the grill! Here are some great grilling tips:
Start Heating Early
You need to make sure you start preheating your grill early, about 15 to 20 minutes before you want to start cooking. A grill that is heated enough should sear food on contact and keep the insides moist without sticking. Using a grill that isn’t hot enough will mean your food is not cooked properly.
Use a Brush to Clean
Once you have heated your grill, it is actually a good time to clean it off with your grill brush (it is easier to brush when it is hot). Use a long-handled wire brush and take caution so you don’t burn yourself. Brush to remove charred debris from previous meals. After you finish cooking, you should brush off the grill again for future use.
Use a Thermometer
One of the most useful grilling tips is a thermometer. Use a meat thermometer to make sure the inside of your meat is completely done. You could cut the meat to check but if you cut the meat then all the great juices will run out. Make sure you are using the correct type of thermometer. There are different kinds for different purposes and you want a meat thermometer that is tailored to your meat.
Keep Water Handy
Sometimes your food is greasy, and that means sometimes grease will fall into the grill and make a flame char the outside of your food. In order to prevent this you can keep a squirt bottle of water nearby to quickly douse any unexpected flames. It is helpful to keep water handy for those bursts of flames to keep the flames under control.
Let it Rest
After your meat is done cooking you should set it on a plate and let it rest for about 10 minutes to help redistribute the juices throughout the meat.
Grilling is a great pastime and we hope we have taught you some great summer grilling tips!