Every experienced BBQ grillmaster has spent years honing their approach to the craft. They’ve picked up tips and tricks from others along the way and created a few of their own.
Regardless of how long you’ve been barbecuing, here are a few expert tips you should consider adding to your BBQ routine.
1. Prepare a BBQ station.
Start by setting up a station with all the tools you’ll need, including tongs, brushes, spatulas, marinades, plates, and foil.
About 30 minutes before beginning BBQ, take the meat out of the refrigerator to make sure it’s at room temperature once you begin cooking. This will help distribute the heat evenly.
2. Take care of prep.
Before you turn on the heat, make sure the grill is clean. Use hot soapy water and give it a good scrub.
Then, position the grill on a non-combustible surface, such as a patio, gravel, or paving slabs to ensure everyone’s safe while you grill.
If you’re not sure which type of fuel to choose, go with wood. It creates the best flames and brings terrific flavor.
3. Light the grill.
Create a small stack of kindling and small pieces of wood and use a lighter to light the grill. Gradually add larger pieces of wood but avoid overstacking to ensure there’s enough airflow to maintain a slow and steady burn.
4. Use the right method.
BBQ can be done one of three ways. The first cooking method involves placing food directly over the heat for 15 minutes or less. This method is best for steaks and burgers.
The second method is called indirect cooking, which is where food is cooked by heat circulating inside the grill. This method is for foods that take more than 30 minutes to cook.
The 50/50 cooking method uses a mix of direct and indirect cooking. It’s best for food that takes 15 to 30 minutes to cook, such as thick cuts of steak and sausage.
5. Keep the temperature right.
A common mistake made by inexperienced grillmasters is overcooking the food. To avoid this mistake, use a meat thermometer to ensure meat is cooked perfectly every time.