3 Grilling Secrets That Everyone Should Know
You are a grill master. You may not have a trophy or a certification, but the pleasure groans of your friends and family as they down your fare and lick their fingers is all the proof you need. Still, you don't become the G.G.M.O.A.T. (Greatest Grill Master of All Time) by resting on your laurels or not constantly reviewing the basics. True Made Foods is here to help you maintain that Grill GOAT moniker in your family.
So whether you’re looking for new inspiration or trying to improve your existing set of grilling skills, we’re about to share 3 of our favorite grilling secrets that will help you maintain grill master status through yet another summer.
Preheat Your Grill
In order to sear your food properly, a hot grate is essential. Preheat your grill for 10-15 minutes before adding your food. When the burners are set on high, aim for a temperature of 500 degrees Fahrenheit with the lid closed. Anything less than optimal cooking temperature can lead to overcooked and dried out meats that have stayed on the grill too long. Preheating will also loosen any food particles from the last time you grilled.
If you're looking, you ain't cooking
That's one of Ed Mitchell's favorite sayings and while he's talking about smokers, it applies to grilling as well. It may be tempting to keep an eye on your food, but keeping the lid closed will retain the heat which is necessary for the food to cook. By keeping the lid closed, the smokiness of your food will increase. You’re creating a convection by keeping the lid closed. Hot air moves around in the chamber you’ve created, helping the meat cook through. Each time you open the lid, you’re letting out moisture, which can make your food drier than it otherwise would have been. Trust in the process and enjoy your friends and family while cooking.
Watch That Flame
To avoid burning the outer layer, remove the extra fat from your meat before placing it on the grill. Doing so will reduce the amount of grease and fat that falls, causing the flare ups which cause result in crispy and burnt outer edges. If the flare ups become excessive, move your meat out of the direct heat until the flames minimize. Flare ups can also be avoided by keeping your grill clean. Leftover food and old grease are perfect fuel for fire, so be sure to remove debris after each use.
Another helpful hint for avoiding flare ups is to get a set of Grill Grates. The raised up grills create beautiful sear marks and create a convection system to circulating hot air and better cooking the meat. The best part though, the dripping fat is more likely to hit the grate and splash back onto the meat, capturing more flavor while preventing flare ups.
Give them a try and be sure to tag us in your grill master posts using #TrueMadeFoods.
Ok...enough reading...more grilling. Summer is wasting away!