Sizzling Summer Grilling Tips

Now’s the time to dust off the grill and break out the charcoal just in time for the summer’s get togethers and gatherings. Barbecue season is officially upon us and nothing says summer like the smell of a grill on a hot afternoon. But, before you get cooking, it’s important to keep in mind a few of these helpful hints from our chefs at the M to make your grilled feast top-notch.

Preheat Properly

Taking the time to preheat a grill properly is often overlooked, but you must let the grill preheat for at least 30 minutes to get it to the right temperature. If you put food on a warm grill it will inevitably stick to the grates. If the grates are hot enough, your food will sear and cook correctly.

Get Creative

You don’t have to eat hamburgers and hot dogs all season long (not that there’s anything wrong with these grilled classics). You can cook just about anything on a grill that you do in a kitchen.

Flatten Out

If you’re cooking with skewers, opt for the flat metal one rather than the cylindrical bamboo ones. The flat shape will help your food stay in place, so when it comes to flipping the food it will flip and not roll on the skewers.

Use Herbs

Grilling on top of herbs helps infuse your food with rich flavor. Simply lay a bunch of herbs onto your grill grates. Then grill your meat on top of the herbs and flip as usual. It’s a good idea to toss the herbs in some form of marinade or oil to get them lubricated so they don’t burn on the grill.

Get Peeling

Take leftover fruit peels from oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruits and char them in the oven then throw them on the grill. They will add a tasty citrus flavor to anything you’re grilling and it’s also a great way to utilize something that would have been going straight to the trash.

Have any personal favorite tips for the grill? Share yours with us below. And, you can always leave the grilling to us! Ordering up a grilled burger from Anthony’s Burgers & Brews or Vig Deli can satisfy your craving for hot dogs or brats.