Whether you’re looking for ways to improve your BBQ skills or looking for ways to jump into the world of grilling, here are a few tips for crafting a grillmaster-level experience.
1. Choose the right meat.
Some might argue choosing BBQ meat is a science. Grillmasters will tell you not every type of meat is right for the grill. A few safe options for BBQ include beef kebabs, brisket, sirloin, steaks, chicken, and pork.
2. Pair herbs and spices with the right meat.
The next step is to research which herbs and spices go with the meat you’ve chosen. Common spices that generally work with most meats include garlic, cinnamon, onion powder, turmeric, paprika, black pepper, and rosemary.
3. Use the right type of grill.
Figure out what kind of grill you’d like and which one will work best for your BBQ preferences. When shopping for a grill, consider the types of meat you’ll be grilling, heating capacity, construction, and safety.
4. Use the right fuel.
Common fuel options include gas, electricity, pellets, and charcoal. If you’d like to give meat more flavor, consider different types of oak, charcoal, and specialty combinations. At CowgirlQ, our fuel is sourced from all over the country and even Mexico.
5. Use a meat thermometer.
To make sure meat is cooked to a safe internal temperature, be sure to use a meat thermometer. Research the temperature requirements for each type of meat before firing up the grill.
As you gain more experience grilling, it will be easier to tell when the meat is cooked just right.
6. Keep the grill clean.
A clean grill will prevent cross-contamination and odd mixtures of seasonings and flavors. To clean grates, use a grill brush to brush both sides and between the bars and remove food scraps from the corners. For deep cleaning, spray apple cider vinegar or degreaser on the grate and wipe it clean. Repeat multiple times until the paper towel used to wipe the grate doesn’t pick up any residue.
7. Don’t skimp on the appetizers.
As you build your BBQ menu, don’t forget to plan the appetizers. A few options to consider include bruschetta, mini pizza bites, charcuterie, spinach and artichoke dip, and chips and salsa.
If you’re in the mood for BBQ but not up for the challenge of preparing the meat, check out CowgirlQ’s menu and give us a call to start planning your upcoming grilling event.