You are probably proud of your grilling skills, but it seems that there is a so-called grilling pro in every household. In order to set yourself apart from the other grillers in your neighborhood, you need to learn a few tips and tricks of the trade that will set both your technique and your food apart from the competition.
Think Ahead About Your Flavor
Beginners and so-called professional grillers throw their meat on the grill and worry about the seasoning later, but professionals know just how important flavor really is. Make sure to plan ahead, and marinate your steaks and other meat before cooking to ensure the best flavor. Also, don’t forget about the importance of a good rub or a good sprinkling of seasonings.
Keep Your Grill Clean
Although this might seem like a no-brainer, it is important for you to keep your grill as clean as possible. It can seem easy to toss a few burgers or steaks onto a grill that is covered in grime, but this will make it more difficult for you to turn your meat, which will in turn make it harder for you to cook it properly. A dirty grill also will not leave those pretty and impressive grill marks on your meat, so make sure that your clean your grill thoroughly before you begin cooking.
Cleaning a grill might seem like a lot of work, but it isn’t too difficult if you use the right tools and technique. All you have to do to get a squeaky-clean grill is heat your grill up and scrape it clean with a sturdy wire brush or a grill stone. Either tool will work, but their effectiveness will depend on your grill grate.
Get Your Heat Right
One of the most important steps of cooking almost anything, either indoors or out, is to get your heat right. Turning your grill up too high will cause burnt outsides and raw insides and a low heat will cause undercooked food in general, so make sure to get your heat right. This takes a bit of experimenting since heat settings widely depend on the type of grill that you have, so take your time to get your heat right each time that you grill; over time, the right heat setting will come naturally to you.
Leave The Food Alone
Although you shouldn’t actually leave the food that you are grilling alone for too long, you probably shouldn’t mess with it as often as you do. Many people make the mistake of constantly touching whatever they are grilling with their tongs or spatula, but this can make your food less tasty and less visually appealing.
When cooking burgers, resist the temptation of pressing down on them with your spatula too much. Doing so will cause all of the juices to come out of your burger, and this will cause two problems; not only will it make your burgers dry, but it can also cause your grill to flame up. Instead of pressing down on your burgers, resist the temptation and only turn them once during cooking; this will help to keep them moist and juicy, and it will cut down on the flame-ups that often occur during grilling.
It is also important to keep your hands and your utensils off of your steaks, pork chops and other cuts of meat as much as possible. Piercing a steak with a fork is one of the worst things that you can do during grilling; all of the juices of your delicious steak will quickly seep out, making your steak tough and dry. Instead, flip your steaks with a pair of tongs or a spatula for the best results.
Keep Your Cool
After you have covered all of your basis to ensure a successful grilling experience, remember to keep your cool. If you happen to burn a burger or if your flames rise a bit higher than expected, do not panic. As long as you keep a fire extinguisher or water hose nearby and are constantly on alert, there is no need to panic. You are a pro, so you can handle any grilling mishap that comes your way.