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Whether you're a novice griller or an experienced outdoor chef, a few grilling tips and tricks can go a long way:
Marinate or season your foods prior to grilling for deep-down, delicious flavor. Thawed meats can marinate in a bag or closed container in the refrigerator for up to two days.
Gauge the temperature of your grill before adding your food with a grill thermometer.
Create a grilling hot zone and a moderate hot zone to have more control over how quickly different foods cook.
Cook with the grill lid and vents closed as much as possible to prevent flare-ups.
Turn meat and chicken with grilling tongs rather than piercing it with a meat fork. Piercing causes loss of flavorful juices.
Don’t press the patty. Pressing burgers will squeeze out the precious juices and fats that make them so tasty.
Check the doneness of your steak by pressing your fingertip lightly on the top. Rare steak will feel soft while well-done steak will feel firm and bounce back.
Keep your grill clean after each use to prevent build-up. A wire grill brush is the best tool for the job.
Try something new! Everyone loves burgers, brats and steaks on the grill, but these less-meaty options are always a hit:
- Grilled bell or chili peppers
- Grilled jalapeño poppers
- Grilled eggplant
- Grilled portabellas
- Grilled herb potatoes
- Grill-roasted corn
- Grilled summer squash