Memorial Day marks the beginning of barbeque season and this holiday is the perfect opportunity to hone your grilling prowess. If you’re looking to step up your grill game, you’ll need to take a step back and master the fundamentals. Here are 5 basic grilling tips to barbeque like a boss.
Meat the Basics
One of the secrets to grilling a great steak is to start with high-grade meat. When buying at the supermarket or butcher shop, choose USDA Prime or Certified Black Angus steaks and avoid prepackaged cuts, if possible. Also, get steaks with good marbling. The white streaks of fat keep the meat juicy and flavorful.
Don’t Overdo the Seasoning
A good rub or marinade should complement the meat and not overpower it. Be generous with seasonings, but don’t get carried away or you’ll risk damaging the meat. Apply the rub gently, and don’t let meat soak in marinade longer than necessary. If you plan to grill veggies, simply add a light coat of olive oil to prevent them from drying out.
Master the Flame
Grilling is both art and science, and creating your masterpiece requires controlling an important variable: heat. The type and level of heat required generally depends on the grilling method you will employ.
The direct method involves cooking food directly over a heat source for short periods of time. This is suitable for burgers, steaks, fish, and vegetables. Indirect grilling – when food is placed to the side of the heat source – is best for food that takes longer to cook, like ribs and whole chickens. Learn more about direct and indirect cooking here.
Let it Rest
Patience is key on the road to becoming a grill boss. Instead of constantly turning steaks over on the grill, allow them to develop a seared crust before flipping to keep them from sticking to the grates.
It’s important to give a steak time to rest after being taken of the grill. Wait at least 5 minutes before slicing a steak to allow the juices to settle back into the meat. For large, thick cuts, allow about 10 to 15 minutes.
Safety First and Last
Safety and cleanliness is a top priority for a grill master. Remember to keep food covered and refrigerated while marinating to limit the chance of contamination.
Before lighting the grill, remove any residue on the grates with soap, water, and a metal brush. When you’re done cooking, do not use water to douse the fire to avoid damaging your grill and making cleanup more difficult. Simply close all vents on the grill and replace the lid to extinguish the coals.
Master these 5 basic grilling tips and start barbequing like a boss. What other tips do you have to becoming a grill master? Share your ideas in the comments section below!