Summertime is incomplete without a backyard barbecue especially during National Grilling Month! In my household, no one has wanted to cook due to the hot weather. The stove and oven being on only makes our house hotter. Outdoor grilling is the perfect solution to this! You can cook the entire meal all together on the grillwhile enjoying some sunshine and fresh air. In celebration of this month, I wanted to share both some grilling tips as well as my favorite easy recipes!
Tips for Grilling to Perfection:
- Clean Start
Once you have preheated your grill for 15-25 minutes, use a long-handled wire grill brush to clean off any charred debris from prior meals.
- Prep the Grill
To reduce sticking, oil the hot grill rack with a vegetable oil-soaked paper towel. Holding it with tongs and rubbing it over the rack makes it super simple (do not use cooking spray on a hot grill).
- Safety First
Food safety is always a top priority! To avoid cross-contamination use separate cutting boards, utensils and platters for raw and cooked foods.
- Chimney Starter
A chimney starter makes starting a charcoal fire super easy! All you have to do is put crumpled paper in the bottom of the chimney, fill it with charcoal and light the paper. This is also great because it avoids the use of lighter fluid that can potentially be dangerous.
- Keep It Closed
Leave the lid of your grill on as long as necessary. Opening the grill allows the heat to escape which may actually dry out your meats.
- Grill Basket
Grill baskets are perfect for foods that may fall through the grill rack or that are inconvenient to turn over one by one (ex. Veggies, tofu, fruits, etc.)
- Add Smoke
Using hardwood logs, chunks, or chips can really add a smoky flavor to your meal. You can also try different wood varieties like Applewood for sweetness, mesquite for tang, and hickory for a bacon-like taste.
- Give it a Rest
Let finished meats rest on a clean platter (covered with foil) for about 10 minutes before cutting so the juices can redistribute evenly.
Easy Grilling Recipes:
This meal is so easy to cook and prepare and the clean-up is even easier due to the foil packets!
Once the dough has been prepared (or bought at the grocery store), the pizzas take almost no time to cook. I love this because you can customize it and put exactly what you like on your pizza.
This meal is super easy and great for salads, alone, or with rice/potatoes!