Summer is the season for getting outside and firing up that grill. Who doesn’t love a perfect steak or just right burger straight off the grill. But, before you dive in, make sure your grill is ready. Here are some tips to keep things “cooking”.
1. CLEAN YOUR GRILL
It’s common practice to use a metal grill brush to clean the grates. While effective, you run the risk of loose metal bristles ending up in your food. Nobody wants that. An alternative is to use tin foil rolled into a ball to clean the grates. To save your fingers, use tongs to run it back forth across the grill.
2. CHECK YOUR PROPANE LEVEL/CHARCOAL SUPPLY
Nothing can create panic faster than realizing you are out of propane or don’t have any charcoal left.
If you use charcoal, make sure you have enough and don’t forget to take advantage of charcoal starter bricks. They get things going quickly and are much safer than pouring lighter fluid all over the charcoal to get things “fired up”.
If you use propane, one way to check the level is to pour hot water over the tank and then feel it with your hand until you find where it feels cold to your touch. The cool spot reveals the propane level and the hot area reflects the empty portion. FYI, in general, a standard tank will provide 18-20 hours of use.
3. ADD SEASONING BEFORE GRILLING
It is always best to season your meat at least 1 hour before grilling. This will help lock in the flavor and moisture. You’ll also want to keep the seasoning close by so that you can add more as you are grilling. Since some of the seasoning will fall off in the process, you’ll want to add more.
4. TEMPERATURE IS BOSS
The hardest part about grilling is knowing if the meat is thoroughly cooked. It is a great investment to purchase a meat thermometer so that there is no question whether that steak or burger is safe to eat. No one wants to bite into an under cooked burger! If you need to purchase one, click here for meat thermometer options
Now go out there with confidence and fire up that grill. Happy eating!