It’s grilling season people! Now is the time to bust out those tongs, fire up the barbecue, and throw some delicious cuts of meat on it. Standing over a grill can be tedious when you’re cooking for lots of family and friends, but doesn’t have to be. Not if you know some tricks.
Here are 40 BBQ Grilling Hacks To Get Your Ready For Grilling Season:
1) Do This Before You Cut
Want the juiciest cuts of meat possible? Let your meat sit for about 10 minutes before you cut it. The juice gravitates toward the center of the cut and stores it there until you cut it.
2) Cook Evenly With Briquettes
Stick with briquettes instead of lump wood charcoal for an even cook. They make grilling a lot easier. This is because they have additives that help them to burn evenly and consistently.
3) Let Coal Turn Grey
When it comes to eating delicious barbecue, some of us having a hard time waiting. But waiting for your coals to heat up is worth it. Make sure they turn grey and have a little glow to it before you start grilling.
4) Have The Right Tools
If you want to grill correctly, you’ll need the right tools. Most pros will use two sets of tongs— one for the meat and one to move coals around. You’ll also want to use two spatulas, one for raw meat and one for cooked meat.
5) Apply Rub An Hour Before Cooking
You need to apply your rub in advance for the tastiest meats. Rub should be applied to your food an hour before you’re ready to cook. Make a simple rub using equal parts salt, pepper, granulated garlic, and grilled onion.
6) Keep It Simple
Don’t get fancy with your beef patties. Don’t prepare it like a meatloaf with onion and/or pepper chunks. Just make it a nice piece of meat. Season if you must.
7) Add Some Wood Chips
Want a smoky flavor added to your barbecue? Toss a few small wood pieces in with your briquettes. Add the wood in after the initial fire starts to die down.
8) Save Some Marinade
Most people marinate their meat overnight or for at least a couple of hours. But you should save some of that tasty juice and put it aside before you toss your meat in. This way you’ll have marinade to glaze your meat with while you have it on the grill.
9) Use An Onion To Clean The Grill
Using a wire brush can leave dangerous metal particles in your food. Use an onion instead. Slice an onion and place it face down on your grill. Stab it with a for or prongs and use it to scrub your grill.
10) Use Lump Wood Charcoal
While briquettes cook food more evenly and consistently, they do have additives and chemicals. Using lump wood charcoal is a more natural alternative. It also gives your food an authentic smoky BBQ flavor
11) Take It Off A Minute Or Two
Take your meat off your grill a minute or two before it’s done. The heat gets trapped inside the meat and continues to cook it after you take it off the grill. It won’t get overcooked this way.
12) Charcoal Grill For Authentic Taste
Gas grills make barbequing super convenient. However, if you want authentic barbecue, you’ll want to opt for a charcoal grill. A charcoal grill gives your food that classic barbecue flavor.
13) Only Flip Your Meat Once
Make sure you’re only flipping your meat once. Flipping it multiple times can cause your meat to lose its natural juices. Cook one side fully, then flip it over to the other side.
14) Marinate With Beer
Try marinading your meat with beer. It will enhance the flavor of your meat. Here is a great garlic beer marinade recipe.
15) Ice Cube Your Meat
Make ice cubes from beef broth and place it on top of your meat when grilling. This will keep your meat moist. You can also use plain ice cubes or butter.
16) Pro Grill Marks
Let your meat look great as well as taste great with perfect grill marks. Place your meat so it points to 10 o’clock and ear for two minutes. Rotate so the same side points to 2 o’clock. Flip and repeat.
17) Use Two Skewers
Use just one skewer can cause your food to twist around when you flip it on the grill. Use two instead. This will keep your food in place so you can cook it evenly.
18) Put Condiments In A Muffin Tin
Having a bunch of containers on a table takes up a lot of space and looks messy. Place your condiments in a muffin tin instead. Each condiment can be placed in a muffin slot.
19) When To Take Steaks Out
Want the perfect steak? You’ll want to takes your steaks 0ut of the refrigerator about 20 minutes before you start grilling. Cooking room temperatures steaks allow for a more even cook.
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22) Add Mayo Into Your Meat
Want to keep your meat moist? Mix a dollop of mayo into your raw meat. Then mold it into a patty. It will keep moist on the grill.
23) Condiments To Keep Track Of Orders
Keeping track of how people want their meat cooked can get hectic when you have a lot of orders. Use condiments to keep track. Write medium, rare, or well with ketchup or mustard on the buns so you know what is what.
Place lemons on your grill and place the fish on top. Lay some more lemons alongside the fish. When you flip the fish, pick up the lemons and flip it onto the other set of lemons to prevent your filet from falling apart.
Turn your grill into a two zone grill and only heat one side. Cook your meat on the hot side (obviously). Then place the meat on the other side about two minutes before its done so that it the natural juices can cook it the rest of the way through.
31) Smoke Your Lemons
Add a smokey flavor to your lemons. Place halved lemons on top of your grill for a few minutes. Then squeeze over your dishes for a smokey flavor.
32) Smoke Food With An Electric Grill
You can still create a smoker effect with an electric grill. Make a smoking pouch by wrapping wood chips in a foil envelope. Poke holes in it and throw it underneath the grate on top of the top burner. This will add smokiness to your meat.
Another way to keep food moist is to put it under a foil tent. Loosley place a piece of aluminum foil over your piece of meat for about 10 minutes. This will allow it to soak up juices and stay warm and moist.
35) Clean Your Grill With Aluminum
Another way to avoid cleaning your grill with a wire brush is aluminum foil. Crumple up a ball of foil. Use it to scrub the gunk off your grill.
36) Poach Sausages Before You Grill Them
Poach your sausages before you toss them on the grill. Poaching them first keeps them nice and juicy. It also gets rid of unwanted fat and makes sure they cook evenly.
This may be the greatest hack of them all. Put a cheese with a rind on it, like brie, on the grill. When you take it off the grill and cut into it it will be all gooey on the inside and you can dip bread in it.