New to grilling and unsure where to start? No worries – we’re here to help you build cooking confidence, inside the kitchen or out. Read on for some great tips on how to master all your cookouts this summer, whether you use a gas or charcoal set up.
- Keep it Clean: A clean grill is a happy grill! Always make sure to start with clean, oiled grates for best results. If you don’t have a wire scrub brush, a balled-up piece of foil works just as great when used with tongs.
- Don’t flip Out: Avoid too much flipping to make sure you get those covetable grill marks. Bonus: not being a “helicopter parent” to your precious dogs and burgs gives you more time to sip on some cool drinks with your guests.
- Keep it Juicy: Don’t press down on burgers, or use a fork to pick up meat. A sturdy pair of tongs or a heatproof spatula are the way to go! Once your meat’s done, transfer it to a platter and tent with foil to rest and give those juices a chance to redistribute.
- Smoke Signals: Experiment with soaking wood chips, cedar planks or even fresh herbs for extra flavor. Your grill may have a specific compartment for wood chips, so be sure to check your manual first. There’s a ton of options when it comes to wood chips, but apple, cherry and hickory are our top picks for versatility and flavor.
- Glaze it: Wait until cooking’s almost over to add glazes or sugary sauces to prevent too much charring, or worse – the dreaded flare up! If a flare up does happen, don’t sweat it too much (pun intended). We recommend keeping a spray bottle with water close at hand to extinguish, and just remember to always keep calm and grill on.
Lastly – practice makes perfect when it comes to cooking with fire, just like with any other cooking skill. The more you grill, the more confidence you’ll build!