Grilling Mistakes to Avoid

26 Apr, 2016

Steaks on the Grill

Grilling is no easy feat – it requires skill and creativity. Plus, there are several common grilling blunders that can make your final meal less-than-perfect. To help you become a grill master this summer, we’ve asked the experts at Broil King to share some of the top grilling mistakes below (and tips on how to avoid them) for a more flavorful grilling experience. Read through and learn the best way to grill!

Not Letting Meat RestLet meat rest

Let cooked meats rest between one quarter and one third of the total cooking time before serving. Here’s an easy guide:

  • 5 minutes for steaks, chops and other individual portions.
  • Up to 30 minutes for chicken, turkey and roasts.

Letting the meat rest allows juices to settle evenly throughout, giving a more flavorful and enjoyable dining experience.

Cutting into Meat to Check for Doneness

Broil King Grilling the Best SteakCutting into the meat to check for doneness releases all the juices and flavor. For the best results, use a meat thermometer to ensure the food is cooked to the desired degree of doneness for maximum juiciness. Remember that the internal temperature will continue to rise as the food rests, so it’s important to let it rest before checking the temperature.

Not Pre-heating Your GrillPre-Heat Your Grill

If your food is sticking to the grids or you find it’s not cooking evenly, you may be putting it on the grill before it is ready. You should always preheat your barbecue grill to at least 400° F before placing food on the cooking grids. If it doesn’t sizzle, your grill is not hot enough.

Loading on the Sauce at the StartSauce at the Start

Did you know that marinating steaks or chicken breasts in sweet barbecue sauce before putting them on the grill can easily ruin your meal? It’s true. The sugar in these types of sauces has a tendency to caramelize or burn if subjected to high heat for a prolonged period of time. Instead, brush these tasty sauces on during the last two minutes of grilling or after the meat has been removed for a flavorful meal.

Only Grilling Burgers and Hot DogsExpand Your Grilling Menu

If you’re only firing up your barbecue grill to cook the occasional burger, brat or chicken breast, you are seriously missing out. With a well-designed grill and a few accessories, you can easily recreate any meal that you make in your kitchen – and a few new ones. It’s time to break out of your comfort zone and start experimenting!

hhgregg shares more on the best way to grill

By avoiding these grilling blunders and following Broil King’s top tips, you’re well on your way to becoming a grill master. Check out even more grill articles for tips and essentials to help spark your creativity this summer! You can also browse hhgregg’s expansive selection of grills to upgrade your model today. Plus, we’ve compiled a list of top rated grills based on user reviews to help you with your search.

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