Grilling Tips & Tricks

30 May, 2015

Family grilling on patioMaybe this is your first season throwing some burgers on the grill, or maybe you’re a seasoned pro looking for new tips to keep your grilling skills up to par. Either way, we have compiled a list of grilling hacks, tips and tricks that are sure to give your barbecue the spark it needs this summer.

Heat it Up

Whether you use a charcoal or gas grill, you’ll want to preheat your grill at least 15 to 25 minutes before you begin to cook. Having a properly heated grill helps to sear food and keep the insides moist, and it will also help to prevent the food from sticking to the grill.

If you want to check the temperature of your grill without a thermometer, try the hand test. Carefully place your hand over the grill; if you have to move it in about two seconds, then the fire is high, about five seconds for a medium fire, and about 10 seconds for a low fire.

Clean it Up

A hot grill is easier to clean than a cold one. Once your gill is preheated, be sure to take a wire grill brush and clean off any debris that may have been left behind from the last time you grilled. This will also help to prevent food from sticking to your grill as you cook.

Keep it Moist

No one likes dried-out burgers, so consider this trick to help keep your meat moist and your guests happy. When you’re making burgers, put a thumb print in the middle of the raw meat and place an ice cube in it, then bring the meat around the ice cube, covering it, and press the patty flat. Then, put the patties on the grill. You will be more than satisfied with the added moisture to your burgers.

If you are working with pork, consider spraying your meat with apple juice as it cooks. This will help keep your pork moist and tender, along with adding an extra kick of flavor that will surprise your taste buds.

Keep it Hot

If you are grilling for a group, you’ll want to keep your already-cooked food hot as you continue to cook for everyone. One simple way to do this is to take two foil pans and tape them together to make a box. You can place your burgers, hot dogs, veggies or other grilled items in it after they are finished cooking; the foil will keep them nice and toasty while the rest of the food cooks.

Let it Rest

After grilling, make sure cooked meat is as juicy possible by allowing it to rest for about 10 minutes before carving into it. This is so all the juices can redistribute evenly throughout the meat; carving too early can let all the juices run out of the meat, which can cause it to dry out.

Enjoy it

These grilling tips and tricks are sure to help you become a grill master this grilling season. For even more information, check out our grilling FAQs for answers to all of your grilling questions. If you are looking for a new charcoal, gas or electric grill this year, browse hhgregg’s grill selection to find the perfect option for you.


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