Four Great Grilling Tips
This post written by guest blogger – Jennifer Antos
Memorial Day weekend has finally arrived! Many of us will be heading into the great outdoors (or, our great back yard) to play, relax, and barbeque. Stepping up to the grill, however, can be a lot of pressure for some. Here are four great tips to make grilling a success:
Start Fresh: If you put a common supermarket cut of grain-fed beef on the grill, your final product will lack flavor and nutrients. For the best possible meal, start with a cut above the rest! The fresh cuts of sustainably grown pork and beef from Heritage Meats are a great place to start – and their flavorful sausages are hard to beat!
Put Your Heat In Check: There is no need to turn the burners to high or have flaming coals. A good barbecue grill will have areas for both direct and indirect heat. For gas grills, set one burner to medium-high and the other to low. For grills using coal, pile your hot ashy coals higher on one side for more direct heat.
Leave it Alone! Resist the temptation to move your meat around to check. Leave your cut of meat over direct heat for the first 60% of the cooking, flipping only once, and move it over indirect heat to finish. Remember, a clean grill and oil are your friends. If you are grilling fish, smaller vegetables, or other fragile foods, grilling on lightly oiled foil or a grilling basket can be a helpful trick.
Be Adventurous: Grill something unexpected. One of my favorite summer salads has little gem lettuce, sheep’s milk ricotta, grilled peach halves, and honey vinaigrette. You can grill avocados, tomatoes, thin potato slices, or romaine halves. Surprise your friends and family with an unexpected treat with their margarita. Tell The Good Food Life what you plan to grill this weekend!
What are your favorite dishes to grill? Let us know in the comments below.