Become A Better Grill Master With These Simple 8 Grilling Tips
Home cooking enthusiasts often ask me for grilling tips and how to grill as the pros do. My first response is always practice, practice, practice. Consider it: professional chefs working the grill station may cook dozens of steaks on any night. That adds up to hundreds of steaks each week cooked to desired temperatures rare, medium rare, medium, medium-well, and well done.
I would imagine if you cooked dozens of steaks or dozens of chicken breasts or hundreds of fish filets each week, you would be an expert and be able to cook them with your eyes closed. But, unfortunately, reality sets in, and you may cook a couple of steaks once a week or twice a month, so how can you be sure you'll get it right?
Nothing beats experience or the opportunity to cook one thing repeatedly, but that doesn't mean you can improve your grilling technique.
Here are eight tips that will make you a better home griller and improve your chances of putting perfectly cooked steaks on the table every time. Combine this with experience, and you'll be grilling like a pro.
Gas or Charcoal
In my opinion, grilling over gas and grilling over charcoal are two entirely different experiences. Grilling over gas is like cooking in the house on a gas stove, except you are outside.
It's easier and faster to cook on a gas grill, but you can only get the grill racks as hot as the grill is rated in BTUs. Great for lots of items that don't need a hot grill and perfect when you are in a hurry but not so good if you want that authentic smokey flavor.
Grilling over charcoal takes a little bit longer to get the fire started and get the grill hot, but once it's ready to go, you can control the heat by adding more coals or moving them into a confined area.
Not everything you cook needs such intense heat, but it's nice to have when you need it. You also get the added benefit of smoke produced when using natural charcoal.
These tips work for either gas or charcoal. Whatever method you use at your house, following these tips will make you a better griller.
#1. Start with a Clean Grill
Nothing makes grilling less fun than opening the cover and finding a messy grill with the racks caked with barbecues past. I've seen grills so impenetrable with a baked-on gooey barbecue sauce that I'm surprised the heat can get through the rack.
And how about when in the middle of grilling, the grease stuck to the sides of the grill, and the grease trap catches fire, only to make your grilling experience even more challenging?
Keep your grill clean! It allows the heat to transfer better, prevents fires, and makes you feel like a better cook. What is the best way to start with a clean grill? Finish with a clean grill.
When the grill is hot, it is much easier to clean, so be sure to pull out your grill brush and clean it before heading inside to eat.