Grilling season is about to kick into high gear, with summer bar-b-ques and parties around the corner. If you’re looking to step up your grilling game, you’re in luck. This video has 6 grill expert tips that will totally take your knowledge to the next level.
Thankfully, these easy and inexpensive hacks can make anyone a grill master.
First up, cleaning your grill. It’s important that you not leave baked on bits of food on the grates when grilling and start with a clean surface every time. Those metal brushes designed for cleaning grills don’t do a great job and the bristles can break off.
An easy way to get your grill clean involves aluminum foil and an onion. Here’s how you do it: first ball up the foil, then grab it with tongs. You’ll want to then slide the foil ball against the grates on a hot grill, causing any particles to rub right off. Simple, right?
Now, for the onion. You can get an even deeper clean by slicing an onion in half and, holding it in your tongs, firmly running the cut side down along the hot grates. No harsh cleaning chemicals needed! As the video explains, “the moisture and the acid from the onion will help loosen the baked on grit and grime.”
Another helpful hack: if you’re using a gas grill, you don’t want to run out of gas during cooking (it happens to everyone, right?), so the video suggests a propane gauge hot water hack to find out how much propane is left. Tilt the propane canister to the side and pour the hot water up and down the length of the tank. Then set it back upright and touch the side of the tank. Where there’s propane, the tank will feel cool to the touch. If the whole tank feels warm, you’re all out.
If you like grilling fish, you’ll love this tip to keep it from sticking to your grill grates. Simply slice a lemon and place the slices close together on top of the grill bars to form a bed for the fish. Then place the fish on top and grill at the normal temperature. The fish won’t stick or make a flaky mess, plus the lemon flavor will enhance the taste. Delicious, no stick grilled fish.
If you still haven’t perfected the grilled burger, this tip is essential: the trick to a juicy and tender hamburger lies in a bit of butter. To keep them from drying out, place a square of butter on each patty while they cook. If you’re looking for a healthier alternative, you can get the same outcome with ice chips. Easy!
Kebabs are amazing on the grill, but how do you keep them from burning? It can be a tricky undertaking, but this method is absolutely foolproof. First, soak wooden skewers in water for 15 to 20 minutes before using to prevent them from drying out or catching fire. When ready, slide food on two skewers for each kebab so that food is held more securely and won’t slip off the stick when you turn it during cooking.
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