Summer is just around the corner and you know what that means….it is almost time to get grilling! Now I know that many of you may have never stopped grilling and so these tips may not be for you. The rest of us will need to make sure a few things are ready before we season the steaks.
There are some preliminary steps you are going to need to take in order to ensure that everything is ready for that first Sunday on the patio.
First of all you need to consider your fuel. Are you using propane or charcoal? If you are like me, then you have long been a fan of the flavor and challenge of a traditional charcoal grill. And if you are like me, you may need to check on the status of your charcoal chimney. You do have a charcoal chimney right? If not, I can not stress enough the ease one of these simple tools will bring to your life. If you are a fan of propane cooking, you need to ensure that you have a full tank of propane ready to go. There is nothing worse than being halfway through cooking a set of strip steaks only to see the flames go out and the temperature drop.
Secondly, you should check on your grilling tools. Is your spatula still up to par? How about your tongs? If you do not have either of these items you can surely get by with a traditional fork, but keep an eye out for stores running sales on a good grilling set. You can often find these on sale at home improvement stores during their Memorial Day sales. Some other things you may need are heavy duty aluminum foil, a nonstick spray or cooking oil of your preference, and a silicone basting brush for your longer cooking projects.
And now we get to the real fun. After all the cleaning and fine tuning of your grill, you are now ready for the main event. It is time to grill. Your menu can be composed of nearly anything your heart desires. There is not a meat out there that could not benefit from at least a few minutes on a grill under the right conditions. And I can not stress enough that meats are not the only things that can be grilled. Vegetables and fruit of all shapes and sizes have their place on your grill the same as a chicken breast of pork chop.
It is important to remember that grilling is just like any other method of cooking. Pay close attention and be aware of any cross contamination. If meat juices or marinades find their way onto your hands or onto a shared cooking surface, they need to be cleaned appropriately and in a timely manner. Also be mindful of cooking times and temperatures. You would not want to cook a steak at the same time and temperature as shrimp.If you are a fan of propane cooking, you need to ensure that you have a full tank of propane ready to go. So be aware and be ready! Summertime is on its way!