Try not to overcook food. Using a thermometer is the best way to make sure grilled food is cooked thoroughly. When it doubt about whether or not grilled food is done, it is better to take the food off the grill a little bit before you think it has reached its desired doneness rather than letting it sit on the grill too long so it overcooks... because grilled meat continues to cook after it has been taken off the grill. It also is best to resist the urge to cut into a piece of meat to check its doneness, because you will let out the meat’s juices and that can make the meat dry and less flavorful.
Do not grill food right out of the fridge. Instead, let it come to room temperature before placing it on the hot grill. This tip is especially important for meats. When it comes to grilling steak, starting to grill while the meat is still cold will mean having to cook the meat longer… and the longer a steak cooks on the hot grill, the tougher it may end up.
Grill faster by skewering. Threading chunks of meat and vegetables on to skewers to make kebabs can give a meal a more festive look. It can also make food cook faster on the grill. It is important not to crowd food on to the skewers. Kebabs cook more evenly it there’s a little space left between each piece of food. Although it looks colorful to mix meats and vegetables on the same skewers, separating them keeps vegetables from overcooking by the time the meat has reached the desired doneness.
Start out with clean grill. Make sure your grill grate is good and clean before you start throwing food on there to cook. Old food stuck on a grill grate can affect the flavor of the meal you are cooking. There are some great grill brushes that make cleanup very easy. Just heat up your grill and scrub the grate well with a brush. Some people like to clean their grills right after cooking on them and others wait until right before they begin cooking.
Keep hamburgers flat. Most grilled hamburgers end up on the roundish side by the time they are ready to be served. That’s because they swell in the center while cooking. A way to get around that problem and keep your burgers flat is to make a small dip in the center of each raw hamburger prior to grilling. The back of a teaspoon is perfect for the job. The dip fills in during cooking and the hamburger will be perfectly flat when served.
Preheat your grill before starting to cook. Let your grill come to the right temperature before placing food on it to begin cooking. It is one of the best ways to ensure everything will turn out just the way you want.
Oil your grill grate. Foods can easily stick to a grill’s grate and end up torn apart. If you oil your grill before placing food on it, you will reduce the odds of sticking dramatically. Take the grate off before preheating the grill and oil it lightly with vegetable oil or cooking spray. Some people wait until a grill is hot to oil the grate, but doing so requires that you be extremely careful to avoid a flare up of fire. NEVER, ever use cooking spray on a hot grill! Some people soak a paper towel with vegetable oil and rub it over the grate. Some dip a cut onion in oil and rub that over the grate
Let grilled meat rest before cutting. Waiting a few minutes before cutting into grilled meat gives the juices a chance to settle into the meat so they won’t run out and take some of the meat’s flavor and moisture with them. Placing grilled meat on a cooling rack to cool instead of straight on to the serving plate lets the meat cool without losing its freshly grilled texture.
One of the best things about summer is having the chance to grill up delicious meals for family and friends in your own backyard, especially for those of us who live in colder climates where we tend to put away our grills when snow starts falling. Grilling is a pretty straightforward task, but there are a few things you can do to make sure grilled foods come out the best they can be. Here are a few tips…