3 Simple Barbecue Tips To Make You A Better Griller

Grilling is a process that takes time to learn. It takes plenty of trial and error before you can perfectly cook a piece of meat – and there are so many types of meat! There’s pork, beef, chicken, seafood and so much more. Don’t forget the produce! It does take years to acquire expert level techniques in grilling and smoking, but there are many ways you can improve your grilling skills even though you’re only a beginner. Whether you aim to become a pitmaster or just want to become a seasoned griller, practice makes perfect! A few simple techniques will help improve your skills, and you’ll enjoy better food!

Implement these simple barbecue tips whenever you grill – they will surely help you become a better griller!

Let your food rest

It’s not ideal to take food off from the refrigerator and slap it straight onto the grill. If you do this, your food won’t cook evenly – the outside will burn and the inside would be raw. So once you take food out from the fridge, most especially pieces of meat, allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes in room temperature to take the chill off (longer for thicker cuts of meat).

The same thing goes after meat is cooked. Once off the grill, give it at least 15 minutes to rest before cutting or slicing.

Pre-heat your grill

It’s very important to fire up your grill early and let it pre-heat, at least 15 minutes before you place any food on it. Food is most likely to stick to inadequately heated grates, giving you more hassle and problems during your cook. Pre-heating will also char residue from your last barbecue session. Once the grates are heated, brush off any charred residue. Dip a paper towel in oil and use tongs to coat and clean the grates.

Now you can preserve the beautiful skin of your chicken or fish!

Take advantage of the cooking zones

If your grill has 2 or more burners, you can use both direct and indirect heat for cooking. The flame zone is where there’s a flame underneath and the no-flame zone doesn’t. This is ideal for cooking high-fat or thick cuts of meat. Get the outside crispy over direct heat then move the meat to the no-flame zone to cook through. This will help you avoid flare ups and burning or over-cooking your food.

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3 Healthy Barbecue Sauces That Will Soon Become Your Favorite

Who says grilled food can’t be healthy? In fact, grilling your food and vegetables is more healthy compared to pan frying them. That’s why if you started a healthier lifestyle recently, you should bring out your grill! But the way you cook your food isn’t the only thing you should consider. What you put in your food equally matters!

Try these healthy barbecue sauces and marinades for your meat – they’re so good they’ll soon become your favorite!

Honey Plum Sauce

What you need:

6-7 plums, halved
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup shallots, chopped
2 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
In a saucepan, mix together plums, ketchup, honey, shallots, red wine vinegar and paprika. Season with salt and pepper. Stir ingredients together and bring to a boil. When boiling, lower the heat and allow to simmer until sauce is thick, about 15-20 minutes.
Transfer mixture to a blender and blend until smooth. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before using or storing. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Tasty Coffee Barbecue Sauce

What you need:

4 cloves garlic, minced
1 serrano chile, minced
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 cup brewed espresso
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
3 tablespoons unsulfured molasses
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 teaspoons chile powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onions, garlic and serrano chile until tender, about 6-8 minutes. Stir in the espresso, ketchup, white vinegar, molasses, vegetable oil, chile powder, sugar, salt and Worcestershire sauce.
Stir until well-combined and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 30 mins over low heat, stirring occasionally. Blend in a blender until smooth. Store in the refrigerator overnight before using.

Cola BBQ Sauce

What you need:

3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small red onion, minced
2 1/4 cups cola (not diet)
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 teaspoons Sriracha
1 teaspoon dry thyme
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
Heat the olive oil in a pan and saute the onions and garlic until softened. When ready, add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 1 hour over low heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens. Remove from heat and allow to cool before storing in the refrigerator.

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