My husband and I are outdoor grilling extremists.
Grilling is the #1 way we make food, and we grill year-round. My husband will even fire up the grill in inclement weather like when it’s sweltering hot, raining, or snowing outside. He sometimes grills when it’s dark outside using a head flashlight and house spot lights.
We also retro-fitted a gas grill into an old 1970s outdoor brick fireplace originally meant for wood fires, and had a dedicated gas line installed by a professional that connects to a propane tank.
The scrumptious taste of healthy grilled food is well worth the effort, and grilling is our way of life. It’s faster than a stove or oven, and we save on electricity, too.
Regardless if you use gas, charcoal, wood, or propane to fuel your outdoor barbecue fire…
Here are 5 Surprisingly Simple Grilling Tips for Getting Delicious Grilled Food:
1. Ditch the Aluminum Foil.
“Health Experts” are still deciding “if” aluminum foil poses serious health risks. Grilling with aluminum foil is completely unnecessary. Try using a grilling basket for any small, loose food like small fruits and vegetables. Better yet, put them on kabob skewers. Even corn-on-the-cob and baked potatoes need nothing special, and can be put directly on the barbeque grill when using a grill topper or another BBQ grilling accessory.
2. Skip the Marinade With Most Meats.
I have experimented with too many marinades to count, from the simplest to the more complex. In the end, the best tasting red meat on the grill, if the cut is decent, is to use no marinade at all; nothing, nada. As for chicken and other white meats, using a little bit of extra virgin olive oil with optional salt and pepper as a light coating right before firing up the grill is plentiful. We now only buy organic chicken because it tastes succulent without adding anything.
3. Speed up the Cooking Process.
Give slow cooking fruits and vegetables a head start by using the microwave to cook the food halfway through. You won’t lose the flavor, and will spend less time grilling. I do this a lot with potatoes, asparagus, and peppers. When microwaving the veggies, do use a light coating of extra virgin olive oil with optional seasonings.
4. Perfect Your Basting Technique.
For additional flavor, use a basting brush to apply BBQ sauce each time you flip the meats.
5. Safety First Please.
Triple-check to make sure you turned off the gas or propane grill, or that the fire is really out with wood and charcoal fires. Also, get into the really good habit of properly cleaning your grill after each use, and do not let the residue build up; which can not only contaminate your next meal, but can also cause a grease fire.
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