BBQ Tips for the Summer

Everyone loves to grill outside in the summer. You invite some people over for some great BBQ and beers, and have a relaxing evening surrounded by friends and family. According to TRUEGRID, you don’t have to heat up the house by cooking in the oven and stove, and you can enjoy the beautiful summer sunsets. Here are some tips to make your BBQ successful.

Prepare in Advance

Put the drinks on ice or mix up pitchers of sangria and cocktails before the party begins. Marinate the meat. Make easy salads and relish trays that can just come out of your fridge so that when your guests arrive, that way you can enjoy their company. While your meat is grilling, you have the ability to focus on what you’re cooking, instead of other food. It also gives you a chance to relax during the evening. A BBQ is casual, so don’t be afraid to pull out paper plates and use plastic cups. It’s supposed to be fun for everyone, not just your guests. Organization is the key to a great party, even a casual backyard BBQ.

Know Your Grill

Practice before you have a big party. Whether you’re cooking with charcoal or gas, you need to know how to operate your grill. It gives you a chance to see where the hot spots are. It also gives you a chance to get more organized, because you’ll remember all the things you needed when you were practicing.

Cooking the Meat

Buy cuts of meat that work on the grill. If you aren’t sure, talk to the butcher. If you don’t have a butcher in town, find a supermarket with a meat counter.  When you’re cooking the meat, don’t poke the meat with a fork. Use tongs so that all the meat juices stay locked into the cutlet. When it’s cooked to the right “doneness,” let it rest before serving. If you’re adding a sauce, don’t use it until the meat is almost done cooking. The sugar in the sauce will char and burn.

The Grill

Make sure you have a grill that meets your needs. If you have a gas grill, keep an extra tank on hand so that you never run out at an inopportune moment. However, a classic kettle grill is an inexpensive choice that works great to feed a small group. Light the grill the right way: Most experts tell you not to use lighter fluid, instead, use a chimney starter stuffed with paper. Also, make sure to let the coals get to ash gray before cooking.

Have the Right Tools

A grill thermometer is a great tool that helps you maintain the right heat in your grill. To guarantee perfectly cooked meat every time, get a meat thermometer. When you use the meat thermometer, don’t hit the bone of your cutlet or you will get an inaccurate reading. Keep a pair of fireproof gloves handy in case you have problems. A fire extinguisher is also a good idea.

Remodel Your Backyard

Renovate your backyard into an outdoor kitchen that provides more safety while you’re grilling. According to TRUEGRID, a company that specializes in flexible options for paving systems, you should have cement paving installed with a built-in grill. You could also add an awning to provide protection from the elements. Many people have almost a complete kitchen built in their backyard, with sinks and refrigeration. If you love to BBQ, make it more comfortable and simple by having everything you want close by.

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