Having a cookout with friends is extremely popular during the summer, it has really become an American tradition over the years. It’s such a great way to relax and socialize with friends and neighbors. Being able to eat a delicious meal that has been prepared and served outside is a fun experience that you can make as casual or fancy as you’d like. It doesn’t matter whether you’re at a friend’s house or at your own home, having a barbecue is an exciting way for children and adults to have fun during the hot summer months.
The following tips will help guide you to make sure you have many successful summer cookouts. Make sure to read these before you have your next cookout, as these will help ensure a positive experience for your guests as well.
First, be sure that your grill is clean before you start cooking any food. It’s imperative to have a clean surface to cook on in order to avoid any contaminates. Cooking on a dirty grill can affect the flavor of the food, especially if you’ll be cooking a variety of different types of meats. Keeping your grill cleaned often is much easier than waiting until food particles accumulate. After the grill cools down, start brushing the surface and racks with soap and water. For food particles that are really stuck on there, try using steel wool to scrub everything off.
In order to cook steaks that are juicy and flavorful, you have to sear each side for about a minute. After that, either turn the temperature down on your gas grill or place the steaks off to the sides of your charcoal grill where it’s a bit cooler. Searing the steaks will help lock in the juices of your steaks, which will make them moist and tender.
Try to avoid using any sharp objects to flip your meat on the grill. It’s best to use a pair of tongs so you don’t pierce the meat, causing the juices to escape. The juices that drip down will also end up accumulating on the grill, which would make it more difficult to scrub clean when you’re done cooking.
If you’re using a gas grill, be sure to set the correct temperature based on the type of meat you’ll be cooking. For charcoal grills, be sure the charcoal has turned light gray and that the flames have died down. You need to wait until the racks are heated to the right temperature before you start grilling. If you place meat onto a cold grill you run the risk of the outside getting overcooked before the inside is done.
A word of warning, always remember to use separate utensils when handling different types of raw meat. There’s a whole mess of bacteria that can mingle together and you really don’t want to risk anyone getting sick. Also, never place cooked meat on a plate that’s been used with raw meat. The bacteria could get on the cooked meat and you might end up ingesting it. It’s very important to have a safe grilling area, especially when you’ll be feeding family members or friends.