Everyone loves a good barbecue. It’s become a Summer staple; especially, here in Bend, Oregon. We love our beer cold and our nights, alive with the good times and sizzling steaks. So, you’ve already upgraded your outdoor kitchen equipment… so, what now? We’ve got you covered.
Here are our Top 5 Summer Grilling Tips!
ONE : PREP
First things first, you don’t want to throw your meat on a cold grill. Start that baby up, you know, 15 to 30 minutes before you want to cook. It will not only kill the germs (you know, last night’s salmon isn’t going to disappear without a little heat!), but it will also help sear your foods appropriately. On contact, no sticking. We want to lock in all the juice we can!
Also, make sure to brush off last night’s dinner once the grill is hot.
A wire brush works great!
TWO : GREASE IT UP
Have you ever tried to cook something in the oven and you forgot the PAM? If you’re cooking lean meats, you’re most likely going to want to oil up the grill by running an oil-soaked paper towel over the grill before use. Make sure you don’t use cooking spray though… save that for your cookies!
THREE : PREP THE MEAT
Want the best BBQ? The goods come long before the meat hits the grill. Start by marinating your meat and you’ll lock in some amazing flavor.
Try not to add salts to the meat until it’s cooked, to prevent it from getting dry and too tough.
FOUR : BE SAFE
You don’t want to cross contaminate. Use separate plates, boards, and utensils for things that were touching raw meat and… well, the finished product!
Pick up an instant-read thermometer to make sure that your food is done-done, as well. AND, try not to leave raw meat out in room temperature for longer than an hour. If you nee to thaw it out, do so in the fridge— overnight!
FIVE : LET IT SIT
We know, you want to grab that meat RIGHT off of the grill and start chowing down. Well, give it a rest. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to soak in all of those great juicy flavors. Then… enjoy!
We hope you have an amazing Summer!! … grill it up!
-The JBros Team