Become A Better Grill Master With These Simple 8 Tips
I'm often asked by home cooking enthusiasts how to grill like the pros do. My first response is always practice, practice, practice. Think about it, professional chefs working the grill station on any given night may cook dozens of steaks. That adds up to hundreds a steaks each week cooked to desired temperatures rare, medium rare, medium, medium well and well.
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. 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 many times over and over but that doesn't mean you can improve your grilling technique.
Here are 8 tips that I think 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 btu's. Great for lots of items that don't need a lot really hot grill and perfect when you are in a hurry but not so good if you want that real 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 move 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 real charcoal.
These tips work for either gas or charcoal. No matter what 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 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 catch fire only to make your grilling experience even more challenging.
Keep your grill clean! It allows the heat to transfer better, prevents fires and just makes you feel like a better cook. The best way to start with a clean grill? Finish with a clean grill.
When the grill is hot, it is a lot easier to clean so be sure to pull out your grill brush and give it a clean before you head inside to eat.