June 27, 2013
It's summertime and the grilling is supposed to be easy, according to cliche, guys are suppose to be the grill masters. This expertise has nothing to do with a George Foreman grill. There is plenty of grilling advice but should 'she' need some tried and true facts here are Pikes Nurseries 10 commandments of grilling:
The Grilling Commandments:
1.Get organized. Gather all of your grilling items – food, marinade, basting sauce, seasonings and equipment – at grill-side. Also make sure you have a grill best suited you. Pikes, Home Depot, Target, and Walmart all offer a range of grills.
2.Add fuel. When using charcoal, light enough to form a bed of glowing coals three inches larger on all sides than the surface area of the food you're planning to cook. Using charcoal that can be re-lit will help cut down on grilling costs. When cooking on a gas grill, make sure the tank is at least one-third full. .
3.Preheat. To get the perfect seared crust, charcoal flavor and grill marks, you must cook over a high heat of at least 500 degrees.
4.Clean, clean, clean. Clean the grate twice: once after you've preheated the grill and again when you've finished cooking.
5.Grease is the word. Lubricate the grate just before placing the food on top.
6.Marinade right. Bastes and marinades based from oil and vinegar, citrus or yogurt can be brushed on the meat throughout the cooking period. When using a sugar-based barbecue sauce, apply it toward the end of the cooking time to protect the sauce from burning.
7.Turn gently. Stabbing the meat can drain its juices and dry it out.The proper way to turn meat on a grill is with tongs or a spatula.
8.Take cover. When cooking larger cuts of meat and poultry, such as a whole chicken, leg of lamb or prime rib, use the indirect method of grilling and keep the grill tightly covered. Every time the lid is lifted, you add five to 10 minutes to the overall cooking time.
9.Let it sit. Remove the meal from the grill and let it sit for a few minutes before serving to allow meat juices to settle and return to the surface.
10.Don't stray. Once you start grilling something, stay with it until it's cooked.
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