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3 Tips for Perfecting Your Grill Skills

Put away the snow boots and shovels, spring has arrived!

Well. We hope.

With one of the toughest winters in recent years, it seems like the dreadful season of snow and ice—and more snow and more ice— has finally disappeared. Temperatures are rising, and heavy winter coats are being replaced by short-sleeve shirts. All these changes point to one thing:

It’s grilling time!

That’s right, it won’t be long before backyards will be bustling with activity. Kids running through sprinklers, mom and dad working in the garden, and of course, the sizzling and delicious smells of the grills filling the air.

Whether it’s a juicy burger or some delicious BBQ chicken, we’re all striving for perfection when it comes to our grill skills. Unfortunately, grilling can often be a little more complicated than we anticipated. So, in hopes to better all our dining experiences, take a look at these 3 Tips for Perfecting

Your Grill Skills:

  1. Know Your Meat

One of the biggest mistakes we can do is just grab a piece of meat at the market because it’s cheap or “looks good.” What does that even mean, anyway? Different cuts of meat require different cooking temperatures so before you buy it, make sure to do some research. If you can, go for the USDA Prime or Certified Black Angus steaks. If you see thin, white streaks of fat throughout, that’s a good thing. It adds flavor and keeps the steak juicy. If you’re not sure, ask your friendly meat person. They’ll probably be glad to offer their advice!

  1. Don’t Hover

It’s so hard to know what’s going on in there, can’t we just take a peep every few minutes?

No! Hands off!

When it comes to messing with meat, less is more. Let it sit at room temperature for about twenty minutes before you put it on the grill. If it’s cold, it won’t cook evenly. Once you put it on the grill, let it get a good sear before you flip it. Then, leave it alone. Trust that the heat is doing its job and don’t check it until you think it really might be done. But don’t wait too long! Its better to under cook than overcook since you can always throw it back on the grill.

  1. Love Your Grill

Know your grill. Love your grill. Care for your grill.

Yes, care for your grill. Most people get a new grill every few years, but if you care for it properly, it can last up to ten years! Plus, how you care for it can impact how well it does its job. Make sure you clean it before and after each use. If you keep it outside, like most people do, make sure it is protected from bad weather by either keeping it under a covered patio or using a cover.

And by the way, if you’re using charcoal or propane and tired of all the cleanup and buying charcoal, try a gas grill. Did you know that if you have natural gas in your home, you can use your gas lines for your grill? No propane tanks, no charcoal and all around better for the environment. Sounds pretty great, right?

Try out these tips and let us know what you think…how your dinner tastes, of course!

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