Many people grill but do all of us really know how to get the best results from our grilling? There are so many people that just slap a steak or some burgers on a grill, crank it up on high and let it go. That will get the job done but will it really get it done right? With just a few tweaks, you can really up your game and these barbecue grilling tips will have you grilling like a champ!
- Picking quality meat.
- Let your meat rest before cooking.
- Do not just take your meat out of the fridge and slap it on the grill. Let it rest and it will help the meat cook evenly.
- Season your meat before cooking.
- Apply a rub or seasoning to your meat before cooking. This will provide great flavor and can give you a nice crust on steaks or chops. Even if your seasoning is a simple salt seasoning, season your meat!
- Clean your grill
- can’t stress this one enough. Every good outdoor cook always keeps a clean grill. It may take a little time and effort to keep your grill clean but it is worth it. Clean the grill with brush or whatever your favorite cleaning device is. I always wipe my grill with a paper towel after brushing to make sure any bristles are removed. Personally, I have been trying new cleaning devices trying to get away from the wire brush.
Grilling your meat
- Preheat your grill
- First and foremost, preheat your grill before adding your meat. This will help prevent your food from sticking to the grill. I try to get my grill to around 450 before adding any meat.
- Oil your grill
- Obviously this will prevent your food from sticking to the grill so is essential. I use some oil in a spray bottle but I know others that will dip a paper towl in oil and use some tongs to apply to the grill surface.
- Grill with the lid closed
- This can be a tough one but keep the lid closed! This will help the meat cook evenly and prevent the dreaded flare ups which can ruin a great piece of meat.
- Be patient
- You many remember my post on indirect grilling. I highly recommend you have dual heat zones in your grill. Cook on a lower heat and finish on a higher heat. You won’t be sorry!
- Invest in a good thermometer.
- Always cook by temp, not time. Check the proper temperatures for meat on my page here.
- Here are a few of my recommendations for thermometers that I use when grilling and smoking
- Sauce at the end.
- If you want to add sauce to your meat, do it in the final stages of cooking. You only want the sauce on the grill for a few minutes to provide carmelization and not burning.
- When cooking is complete, rest your meat.
- I let my meat rest for about 5 minutes afterwards. This will allow the juices to redistribute and make for a tasty piece of meat
Eat and Enjoy
Once your meat is rested, slice, eat and enjoy. I am sure that if you follow these tips you will notice a big difference in both taste and texture of your meat. Like I said in teh beginning, take your time when grilling. Always take the time to prepare the meat and your grill. A little effort and patience goes a long way to making a huge difference in how your meat looks and tastes.