Published on July 11th, 2017 | by Rael Tooch
Top Grilling Tips for Summer.
There are numerous things I’m good at, but barbecuing is certainly not one of them. It’s not because I don’t enjoy it, it’s because I never learnt how to do it properly. Growing up, there were always others who wanted to BBQ, so I left it to them. I was quite happy to be chilling out and shooting the breeze with friends. Unbeknownst to me, this much-needed skill would be called upon later in life. Don’t get me wrong, I can BBQ, but I just don’t have that magic touch or the know how to make sizzling, mouth-watering ribs and chops.
Fortunately, I have a good friend whose favourite pastime is barbecuing. He is currently helping me to hone my skills. My kids are excited at the future prospects. My taste buds too!
Whether you’re a novice like me or a BBQ maestro, we can always improve or at least learn new tips and tricks.
Here are some BBQ tips to get you going:
- This may seem obvious, but it is imperative that you follow this basic rule – do not leave meat out in room temperature for longer than one hour. If you want to let it thaw, place it in the fridge.
- To ensure your meat is tender and of course tasty, put it in a Ziploc bag with your choice of marinade and let it sit overnight.
- There are other ways of flavouring your meat besides store bought sauces and marinades. Make your own, add rubs and various spices.
- Salt adds lots of flavor, but make sure you only apply it to the meat once it is cooked. By doing this, you will avoid making the meat dry.
- If you flip your meat with a fork, don’t. Rather use tongs or something that will not pierce it. Once the juice escapes you lose the flavor and it becomes dry
- Try to only turn your meat once
- If you like your meat rare that is perfectly fine, but be careful when grilling burgers. To avoid bacteria, ensure the meat is not pink inside
- If you’re going to add a sauce or marinade which is full of sugar, do this last as this will help ensure you don’t burn or blacken your meat
- Cooking vegetables like corn or potatoes on the grill is simple. Apply loads of margarine or butter, season with salt and then place them in foil and put them on the BBQ
- To end off your meal, put some marshmallows on a long stick and hold them over the grill – fun for kids of all ages
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