3 Quick Tips on How to Grill Like a Pro
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Grilling, like any other form of cooking, is an art that requires dedication and practice to achieve mastery level skills. There is so much more to it than just turning up the heat and putting your meat on the grates. So, to help you boost your grill game, we’re sharing some of our very best grilling tips and tricks, with helpful advice that anyone can use to kick their culinary skills up a notch.
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- Don’t hold back on flavor
Epic flavor doesn’t happen by accident. If you want to go big and bold, you have to bring it on your end with the seasonings, even if you can count on the meat itself to bring that initial unctuous bite.
There are lots of ways to impart flavor into your grilling, including dry rubs, infusions, marinades, and glazes. We recommend that you choose one flavor method, and put all your effort into mastering that single method for the best results. Just don’t overdo it, since the only thing worse than too little flavor is flavor that’s so muddled you can’t figure out where it’s trying to go.
- Get in the (heat) zone
There are two types of heat that affect the overall outcome of your food: direct heat and indirect heat. Both are crucial for achieving delicious results.
Direct heat refers to any time that your food is being cooked right over the flame. Indirect heat, on the other hand, refers to the upper grate, where the heat is still strong but there is no direct contact between flame and food.
So how do you utilize both types? Use direct heat to get that perfect sear, then transfer your food to indirect heat to finish the cook without drying the meat too much. You’ll end up with more control, and a better cook. It’s not appropriate for every type of cookery (see below), but it’s the perfect choice for quick cooking items like burgers and chicken.
- Go low and slow
Hot and fast grilling definitely has its place, but for the juiciest, tenderest, most flavorful meat, low and slow is almost always going to be the way to go—especially in a smoker grill.
With this method, you’ll actually want to lay off the direct heat and go fully indirect. Build your fire on one side of the grill, set your meat in the cook chamber, and then sit back and relax, checking in occasionally to make sure that all looks good. Lots of meats lend themselves well to this method, but it’s particularly great for brisket, pork shoulder, ribs, and lamb.
The Secret to Great Barbecue Cooking
Barbecue cooking takes practice, but there are also tried and true methods to success. Our number one tip for getting there: don’t rush it. The more care that you put into your food, the better it’s going to come out.
Take your time during all stages, from building flavor to achieving the right cook. After all, the best ingredients are always going to be love and attention.
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