Become a Grill Master in 7 Easy Steps
With the summer grilling season almost upon, now is the perfect time to polish up on your grill master skills. What if you are new to the world of barbecuing or want to take your talents to the next level? Fear not! We have you covered with 7 easy steps to become a grill master suitable for cooks of all levels of expertise. Get ready to enter the world of grilled foods.
Step 1 – Grill Masters tips on meats, eats, and tools
Grilling is for everyone and not just reserved for just burgers and ribs lovers. Anything you can eat you can grill! In general, chicken and beef are the most popular grilling food. However, a list of my favorites also includes seafood, especially shrimp and fish, lots of vegetables, such as potatoes and onions, zucchini, eggplant, and peppers. Fruits are amazing grilled as well. There’s really no limit to what you can grill.
Any grill can produce great results, it’s just learning how to get the most out of what you have. The first step for anyone looking to become a grill master is you need to invest in a basic set of grilling tools. The amount of money you can spend is unlimited, but I suggest starting with a basic set in the beginning.
Your basic grilling tool kit needs to include a grill brush, a set of tongs, a thermometer, and a spatula. While you can use one from your kitchen if you have to, a barbecue spatula has a longer handle to protect you from the heat.
When shopping for grilling accessories, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Again, I suggest just started out with the basics and later you may want to consider grill baskets, grill grates, thermal gloves, and so much more.
Step 2 – Prepare your grilling surface
Unless you have a just purchased brand new grill, there are food pieces remaining on the grill grates from your last cookout. High heat is the best way to get those grill grates clean. It is recommended to use high heat at the end of your cooking session as well as at the beginning. After a few minutes of this, you should be able to easily brush off any remaining food debris. Now you’re ready to start grilling
Step 3 – Set up your grill zones
Temperature control is a key ingredient to successful grilling. Imagine cooking on your stove with high heat as the only option. The same applies for grilling. Whether your working with charcoal or gas, you’ll want to create a minimum of two cooking zones—a high direct heat zone plus a lower-heat zone. Most of your cooking will be down on the low heat zone with the hot zone used mainly to sear meats and vegetables to lock in flavors.
Step 4 – Prepare the grill surface and foods
Regardless of what meat, seafood, fruit or vegetable you are preparing to grill, a little bit of oil will need to be used to keep it from sticking to the grill. While some grill masters choose to brush oil on to the grill grates, I’ve found using folded paper towels with oil on them works best.
When it comes to seasoning food for grilling, nothing beats plain salt and pepper. Depending on the size of foods to be grilled, tossing the food in a gallon-size plastic bag with a small amount of oil along with salt and pepper works best. This process applies an even coating of oil and seasoning producing incredible results. You can use this process to add whatever seasonings you prefer. Like marinades? You can skip the previous steps when using marinades since they typically have oil included in the mixture.
Step 5 – Sear it up
Using the sear technique for grilling locks in juices and moisture and gives it an amazing taste! To sear food properly, place food directly over your high-heat zone. Time will vary based on what foods you are grilling. Don’t press down on food while searing. You know it is ready to be removed from the high heat zone when it releases easily from the grill grates. A really good sear should only take a few minutes. Be sure to sear both sides.
Step 6 – The final cooking
After you have completed the searing process, it’s time to move your food to the low heat zone to complete the cooking process. While some foods may only require being seared, most of your meats will require the low heat zone to finish cooking. Flip your food every so often, but not too much, until it has reached your desired internal temperature.
Step 7 – Time to eat
You that have now successfully grilled your food and it’s time to eat! To become a grill master, the key is consistency. Take notes each time you grill. Maintaining a grilling notebook is a valuable resource. Being able to produce repeatable results should be your goal. Have fun and enjoy!
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