Summer is a great time to fire up the BBQ and get grilling. However, it can be harder than it looks to grill meat and vegetables to perfection and many people end up burning their food due to lack of skills. Here are some important summer grilling tips that you can use to get started.
Sauces and marinades are a great way to add a bit of a kick to all kinds of BBQ dishes and are relatively easy to make. In fact, you can make your marinades and sauces the day before if you wish to save time on the big day. Make sure that you wait until the meat or vegetables are nearly cooked before you apply your marinade to prevent it from burning.
Turn Up the Heat
The grill should be heated for at least twenty minutes before you are ready to start cooking. This will help to kill off any bacteria that might be lurking on the BBQ grill and prevent you and your guests from getting sick.
Experiment with Different Cooking Methods
Do a little research in advance to learn more about the different ways to cook different types of foods on the grill. Don’t make the mistake that many people make and simply throw everything on the grill together and hope for the best. A little planning and research can go a long way and help you to get the most out of this type of cooking.
Avoid Cross Contamination
Keep raw meat and cooked or partially cook meet separate at all times in order to avoid cross contamination. Use separate chopping boards and knives and if necessary label them so that you know exactly which pieces of equipment should be used with which types of meat. If you have vegetarian or vegan guests you will also want to make sure that you use separate cooking equipment for the vegetables.