#8. Don't Walk Away From The Grill
Have you ever found yourself walking away from the grill to, let's say, get another beer or glass of wine, check out the score of your favorite sporting team, or get something else done in the kitchen only to come back and find what you are cooking up in flames?
It happens to all of us, and I can only say Don't Walk Away From the Grill once you start cooking!
It's easy to do and we all think we can do ten things at once (multitask), and most of the time, we can, but there will be times when your multitasking turns into multi-disasters.
In professional kitchens, one person operates the grill station all night. That person is responsible for what goes on the grill to ensure it is adequately cooked.
You might say home cooking is not like cooking in a restaurant, and it isn't. You only have to stay at the grill for a short time compared to standing in front of a grill all night. Indeed if you are cooking a few steaks, you can handle standing there for 10 minutes without having to run off.
Now, if you are roasting a turkey using indirect heat, no one would expect you to stand there the whole time, but if you are cooking anything in under 15 minutes, try to resist another urge to multitask. Single task on the task at hand so your food is perfectly cooked.