It's a grilling season for a particular period of the year and precisely during the summers and Memorial Day. No doubt, people enjoy grilling, and grilled foods taste great and fresh. However, it can’t be any good without the right tools and skills for grilling.
How do you grill like a pro? To grill like a pro, you need the right grill, ingredients and apply some tips such as cooking on a clean grill, preheating it, and less flipping of foods. This post has more detailed tips on how to get you to grill like a professional.
Tips to Grill like a Professional
Prepare your grill the proper way
You should think about two aspects while preparing your grill, i.e., cleaning and preheating.
But before you do the above two things, you should choose the right grill for your cooking. Charcoal grills are the best if you want an authentic smoky flavor on your food, but they cannot cook indoors. Gas grills are easy to use but can be expensive to run. Lastly, electric grills are convenient, affordable and you can cook indoors.
The first tip you should apply if you want to stand out in your grilling is to cook on a clean grill. Why? It prevents foods from sticking on the grills and results to clean grill marks. Therefore, ensure cleaning your grill after use is a normal routine. Besides, it’s a simple thing.
Use a grill brush to scrub off any food particles and paper towels to clean the grates. Additionally, if you’re cooking on a charcoal grill, ensure you season the cooking surface with some oil to create a non-stick coat.
Secondly, properly preheat your grill. One of the essential steps you should never miss is preheating the grill before starting the actual grilling. It also prevents food from sticking to the grill’s cooking surface. You should preheat it for about 10-15 minutes.
Take time to prepare and season your food
How you prepare your food is very critical because it affects the result you get. Preparation entails cutting your food into reasonable sizes. In case you’re grilling steak, ensure it’s about 1.5 inches thick. That allows it to cook perfectly without the worry of overcooking or undercooking foods. Additionally, you must trim any excess fat on a steak.
Secondly, you should never grill foods straight from the refrigerator. Therefore you should wait or thaw your food till it attains room temperature.
Lastly, you must take time to season your food before cooking. Seasoning helps enhance the flavor of grilled foods. It also makes foods moist and tastier. Depending on the type of food you’ll be grilling, season about 40 minutes before grilling.
Note: You can attain a smoky or charcoal flavor through seasoning if you're using an electric grill. Use smoky ingredients for seasoning. You may also check this guide on how to get the charcoal flavor on an electric grill.
Keep your eyes on the grill and food
Since grills cook over high heat, they cook pretty quickly; therefore, you should keep your eyes on the grill. These will help you prevent overcooking or undercooking foods on the grill. Also, it will help you get the perfect doneness on your food as you want it.
Additionally, you should have a meat thermometer. It helps you keep on check the internal temperatures of the food you’ll be grilling. For that reason, you can easily tell the doneness of food.
Avoid flipping food too many times
You should flip food once it’s ready to allow proper cooking and enough time for the caramelizing process, thus forming excellent grill marks on foods. This tip is vital, especially when grilling burgers and steaks.
Additionally, it’s hard to perfectly gauge the cooking time on a grill if you’re flipping foods after a few seconds.
Note: You should always use a pair of tongs to flip your food. Avoid using knives and forks as they poke holes in the foods and allow juices to flow out.
Avoid flattening or squeezing meats
When you squeeze or flatten meats with a spatula or a tong, you push out your meats' moisture, juices, and taste. Also, if you’re cooking on a charcoal or gas grill, the juices that come out cause a flare-up.
Let it rest
Allow your meat to rest for about 10-15 minutes after removing it from the grill. It allows the juices to get absorbed in the meat and enhance its taste.