Grilling Tips For Beginners

grilling tipsIf you are reading this page, its probably because you are doing some research on the “how to’s” and “what not to dos” of grilling. Keeping in mind certain grilling tips, will create a more positive and engaging grilling experience.

Grilling is one of the most popular forms of cooking and can serve many purposes. Outdoor grilling allows for an alternative to traditional cooking when creating your meals. There are many meals that can be cooked on a grill. Grilled foods have some health benefits and can add some flavor to those usual flavorless meals and enhance the flavor of other meals.  Healthy marinades can be used to add flavor, eliminate disease causing bacteria (which has been linked to cancer) and act as a meat tenderizer. Learning to grill is not hard but you should know some basic facts. Do not expect to become a grill master overnight.  Everyone who grills aim to become a grilling pro, but like with all things this can be achieved only with time and practice.

Grilling Tips: Electric, Gas, or Charcoal, Which Grill Is Right For You and What’s The difference?

Charcoal, electric and gas grills are the most commonly used grills. All three grills grills come in a variety of shapes and sizes and with different features. All three grills are fairly easy to use when you understand how to use them. Out of the three, you can expect the charcoal grill to require a little more effort when getting the fire going and when cleaning.

Grilling Tips for Charcoal Grills

Charcoal grills are one of the most popular grill choices amongst those of us who grill for flavor. The charcoal grill produces smokey, char-grilled flavor,  on grilled foods. You can use flavored coal or wood chips to get additional flavor. Charcoal grills require the use of charcoal, lighter fluid and a fire-stick.  The steps required for lighting a charcoal grill are as simple as putting the coal into the pit, using just enough lighter fluid to cover all the coals, and lighting the charcoal. You then allow the coal to burn until it becomes a grayish-white color. Once this happen, you are ready to start grilling. You should expect the firing up process to take around 30-40 minutes when using a charcoal grill.

Charcoal grilling tip: Never use water to put out your fire. This will damage your grill with time.

Grilling Tips For Electric Grills

When using an electric grill, you can expect the heating process to be much quicker and the cleaning process to be quick. Electric grills comes with electric heating elements under the heating surface and are great for apartments, condos, and town-homes. Most electric grills comes with push button or electric ignition system. This type of grill sometimes lacks heating power when compared to other grills and do not produce a smokey, char-grilled flavor on foods being cooked. However, if you are looking for the most convenient method of grilling, an electric grill may be an option.

Gas Grilling Tips

Gas grills are fairly easy to use in heats up much quicker than charcoal grills. Gas grills are easy to clean and many people prefer them over charcoal grills for the added conveniences. However, with a guess grill, flavor will be sacrificed. Fans of gas grills can use flavored woodchips to enhance the taste of their grilled foods. When using a gas grill, make sure that your burners are set to off before you do anything. You will need to open the lid and turn on the valve located on the gas tank. Next, you will need to turn on the ignition burner while pressing the ignition button until you hear the gas come on. Let the tank pressurize before turning on the burners. This usually takes about a minute to happen.  If you need to turn on an additional burner, you can do so at this time. Always, refer to the owner’s manual for additional instructions.

Tip: Turn off the gas immediately if you smell gas and check for gas leaks.

Grilling Tips: Tools Needed for Your Grilling Adventure

Depending on what you are cooking and the type of grill being used, the tools needed for grilling will be different. Some of the most utilized cooking tools are listed below.

Tongs

Forks

Flippers

Aluminum foil

Brass iron brush

Hand sanitizer

Cooking mittens (If grill lid handle gets hot)

Preparing to Cook on Your Grill

Make sure your grill is cleaned and your meat is washed.

Make sure your cooking utensils are clean and easily accessible

Trim off excessive fat from meats

Use healthy marinades to tenderize meats

Be prepared to watch your grill closely to avoid over cooking and to prevent accidents

Set your grill up on a heat proof surface

Maintaining and Cleaning Your Grill

Always clean your grill after use

Always inspect your grill before use to make sure racks are clean and to verify that everything is in place

Replace grill-pans with cracks and holes before use

Follow the manufactures recommended cleaning tips for the best results and to retain your grills appearance

Storing Your Grill

  • Allocate a safe and secure place for storing your grill
  • Purchase a grill cover to protect your grill from dust and rain
  • Make sure your grill has fully cooled off before putting it away

Because all grills are different and to gain knowledge of how to operate your grill, always follow the manufactures instructions. You should be extra careful of grilling on windy days, and never grill on defective equipment. Always read the owners manual before attempting to use your grill for the first time. Knowing these grilling tips will help to improve your overall grilling experience.

Be safe and Happy Grilling!


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