One of my favorite things about summer is walking outside and smelling food being cooked on the grill. I’ve often been tempted to knock on a door and say, “Whatever you are having sure smells good – hint, hint.” I get really excited when that smell is coming from my back yard. Other major perks include no messy kitchen and not heating up your house.
Here are some tips to improve your grilling…
1) Preheat your grill. Yes, it’s necessary. This will prevent your meat from sticking.
2) Give your grill a good brush off. Use a sturdy wire brush and clean your grill well before putting anything on it.
3) Spritz cool water on the wire rack before adding meat. This will clean it a little further and cool it just a bit to prevent burning.
4) Use a good marinade. Marinade will infuse your meat with flavor. If using a liquid marinade, place it in ziplock bag and massage into the meat for at least 5 minutes. If using a rub, combine dry seasonings and use just enough oil to make a paste. Rub it on both sides of meat and let set for 15 minutes.
5) Tenderize – coarse sea salt makes a great tenderizer. Simply rub it on meat using enough force to work the salt into meat.
6) Once meat is on preheated grill, flip often. This is my husband’s secret. He flips everything at least 4 times. This prevents burning or having the outside cooked more than the inside.
7) Slice meat against the grain. This is so important. This will make it tender and prevent hard to chew meat.
Grilling makes great family time. Since you are already cooking outside, take advantage of the time to eat outside with your family.