Top 8 Hacks to Get the Most Out of Your Barbeque Grill!
Are you a big fan of barbequing? Do you wish you could grill anything in sight? Well, you are not the only one! Barbeque season is here, and most of us cannot get enough grill time. Stay on top of your grilling skills with these tips and tricks and get ready for lots of amazing cookouts!
#1. Make sure you have enough fuel.
Imagine that you run out of gas mid-grilling at a party full of hungry guests. How embarrassing! Better to be prepared than face the wrath of a crowd. Stock up on fuel beforehand, whether you have a gas grill or a charcoal grill. Check the propane levels in the tank, and ensure they last through the cookout.
#2. Be organized and prep your ingredients.
It’s always better to be prepared in advance, and the same logic works for grilling. Prepare all the ingredients and set up the grilling accessories in an organized manner before you start grilling. Chop the vegetables, marinate the meat, and prepare the burger patties in advance. Set up all the tools you might need nearby, like clean plates, tongs, corn cob holders, a meat thermometer, paper towels, etc. Stay cool at your grill without running around like a headless chicken for a pair of tongs. It’s better to be prepared than to risk burnt food.
#3. Clean your grill with an onion.
Want to clean the grill, but the brush has gone AWOL? Use an onion! Cut an onion in half, stab it with a fork, and run it across each rung of the grate. The acid from the onion will clean the grime, while also adding a subtle flavor to your food. You can also use the halved onion to oil the grill.
#4. Make the grill non-stick with a potato.
Don’t have a nonstick spray? Not a problem. Grab a potato, slice it in half, stab it with a fork (again), and rub the exposed center of it on the grate. This will avoid the meat and vegetables from sticking to the grill by creating a starchy barrier between the grates and the food.
#5. Cook your food just the right amount with two-zone fire.
Is your meat always charred on the outside but uncooked on the inside? Try direct and indirect cooking! Heap the coal on one half of your grill if you’re using a charcoal grill or turn on only half of your gas grill. This will create two zones - one which receives direct heat, and one which doesn’t. You can sear the food over the direct heat and move it over to the indirect side to facilitate slow cooking over lower temperatures, or even keep it warm while the rest of the batch cooks. This is also useful for when you have larger roasts - letting you fully cook the meat without burning it.
#6. Give your food that smokey flavor.
Turn to wood chunks for this one! Soak the wood pieces in water for 30 mins. Put the chunks in an aluminum pan, wrap it in a foil and poke some holes in it. Put this smoker on the grill along with the meat, close the lid, and voila!
#7. Maintenance is the key.
Though cleaning is the least exciting part of grilling, it is a highly necessary one. Clean your grill on a regular basis and deep clean your grill every few months. This will reduce the chances of flare ups and food burning. It will also make your food taste better and make the grill last longer. Do an inspection of all the parts of the grill at least once a year. Turn to the grill's manual for specifics about heating, cleaning, and maintenance for your model.
#8. Get help setting up that grill.
Have you forgotten how to set up your BBQ grill after not using it for a long time? No worries. Just call a Barbeque set-up service and you are good to go!
If you own a grill, now you know how to get the best from it. If you don’t, what are you waiting for? Go to the nearest BBQ store right now and buy yourself one! Enjoy the deliciousness in the most fun way possible!