When it comes to cooking meat, anyone can toss a few pieces of meat over the grill and wait for it to be cooked. But grilling is more than that. No one wants to eat a chewy steak or undercooked burgers. The hardest part is knowing to properly grill each type of meat. While we cannot give you detailed instructions for each type of meat, what we can give you are a couple of grilling tips that will help you to learn some new things for your next bbq party.
Always Clean Your Grill
This is a very important step to take. Most of the people use a dirty grill because they are too lazy to clean it after they finish cooking. Just like you wouldn’t eat food off a dirty plate, the same thing applies for the grill. Regular grill cleaning and maintenance make the cooking experience more enjoyable and food tasting better.
Each time you use your grill, food and oil stick to the grates and will be transferred to what you are planning to cook next. Just develop a habit to quickly clean your grates and oil after each cooking, while the grill is still hot and you will notice the difference the next time you fire up your grill.
Learn Your Grill’s Weakness
If you picked the best grill for the money, then you should know that they have some disadvantages over high-end grills.
Most of these models have hot spots or specific zones when the heat is higher. What you can do is try to use this weakness over your advantage. You can cook different foods which require different temperatures. For most foods, a two-zone grill is best; one hot side/spot for searing and major cooking and the other cooler side, for allowing the food to cook more slowly.
Steak Type Matters
The type of beef you use has also an impact on how the final steak will taste like. You don’t have to go broke and buy expensive cuts like Wagyu, but picking a Choice grade beef is the ideal spot. The choice is the middle-rank grade by USDA for the steaks and is still high quality with some marbling while being affordable for the major.
With the proper cooking and doneness level, this beef grade will taste like a high-end restaurant cooked steak, with an affordable price.
Don’t Remove Chicken Bones
If you are planning to cook some chicken, then I suggest you to not remove the bones of it. The bone adds more flavor to the meat and helps the chicken stay tender and juicy.
For the chicken, you have to first sear on the hot side of the grill and then move it to the warm side to finish it off. And, if you want to go all in, you can always brine the meat one day ahead to truly add some flavour and make it taste amazing.
Get a Thermometer
It doesn’t matter if you grill every day or only at the weekends, an instant-read thermometer will always come in handy. I know that there are ways to test the meat doneness without a thermometer but you can be 100% accurate by just picking one instead. They are very cheap and very easy to use.
These are 5 tips to have in mind for the next time you fire up your grill. I know that there are a lot of other tips and tricks to know but I decided to include what I think is more important to contribute to your general grilling knowledge.
Now, it is time to put these tips to test and let us know how it goes.