How to Grill Like a Pro This Memorial Day!

    Memorial Day is a great time to gather with friends and family to enjoy a nice BBQ. Here are a few tips on how to grill like a Pro this Memorial Day!

    1. Plan Ahead, make sure everything you need is close at hand. You’ll want easy access to items such as prepped food, grill brush, tongs, spatula, new platters for cooked food, sauces, thermometer and some ice water to keep you hydrated while you’re tending the grill.
    2. When Prepping Burgers, make a small indentation in the middle. As a burger grills the center expands to become wider than the edges. Making this indentation will create a more uniform thickness throughout.
    3. Choose a Steak with thin streaks of fat, or marbling, throughout. The fat adds flavor and keeps the meat juicy.
    4. Trim off excess fat around the edges to avoid flare-ups. When fat melts it can fuel the fire and can cause flames that char your food and ruin the taste.
    5. Always Preheat the grill before cooking. In addition to killing off bacteria, a hot grill will sear the food on contact. This creates a moist burger with robust flavor and has the added benefit of preventing food from sticking to the grill. Ideally, your grill should preheat for around 20 minutes.
    6. Scrape the Hot Grill with a wire brush before adding food. The grill will clean easier while hot and you’ll be able to remove the charred leftovers from the last cookout (if you did not do this following your last grilling).
    7. Rub Down the grill with vegetable oil. Use tongs to soak a folded paper towel in vegetable oil and rub the grill with the towel.
    8. After removing meat from the grill, let it sit covered for 20 minutes before cutting into it. This extra time allows the juices to settle.
    9. When Grilling chicken, use indirect heat for bone-in. These pieces take longer to cook and direct heat will likely burn them before the center cooks. Boneless pieces are better cooked over direct heat. Use a meat thermometer to make sure the chicken is fully cooked before serving.
    10. Use a Grill Pan or basket for small or delicate items such as vegetables or fish.
    11. When you are Finished cooking and while the grill is still hot, use the wire brush again to clean it up. Follow that with another coating of vegetable oil and you’ll be all set for the next cook out!

    Celebrate Memorial Day with some of your favorite recipes, while surrounded by some of your favorite people. We would love to hear your plans for this upcoming Holiday weekend.

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