Late summer is the perfect time to grill out with family and friends. Everyone seems to have a favorite item that they love to throw on the grill. For some people, it's hot dogs and hamburgers, while others love the taste of grilled fruit. This week's post is all about grilling and how to make your favorite foods taste even better!
Seven Grilling Tips for Your Favorite Foods
- Hamburgers: One tip for cooking burgers on the grill is to create your burger patties and put them in the refrigerator so they are cold when they hit the grill. Another tip is to put your thumb onto each patty to create a small indentation in the center. This helps the burger to cook evenly. Throw some salt and pepper on the patties after putting them on the grill.
- Hot Dogs: Use high-quality hot dogs to get the best taste, and make sure they are cold before you begin. Take a knife and make two or three cuts into each side of the hot dog so the heat from the grill gets inside more easily. To add more flavor to your hot dogs, wrap each one in a strip of pre-cooked bacon (raw bacon takes longer to cook). Most grocery stores sell packages of fully cooked bacon.
- Chicken: One helpful tip to make grilled chicken taste better is to soak each piece in a brine before putting it on the grill. This helps it to stay moist. If you are grilling chicken breasts, put each one in a plastic bag and pound it with a meat mallet until it is uniform in thickness. This helps a chicken breast to cook evenly. Use tongs instead of a fork to turn your chicken on the grill: A fork can put holes in the meat, allowing its juices to run out. Be sure to start the grilling process on high heat so your chicken develops a crispy skin.
- Corn: Do you like tender grilled corn? I could make an entire meal of it! Next time you grill corn, try getting some ears that are still in their husks. Peel back the husk, leaving it attached to the corn. Brush each corn cob with melted butter. Next, pull the husk back up over the corn and wrap each ear in foil. Grill them on high heat for about 30 minutes, turning each of them a couple of times.
- Pineapple: Soak a group of one-inch-thick pineapple rings in a mixture of honey, melted butter, and salt. Then, put them on a grill set to high heat for about two minutes on each side. This will give your pineapple rings grill marks and a smoky, sweet flavor.
- Peaches: Ever think of grilling a peach? Try it! Cut several peaches in half, take out the pit, and brush them with melted butter. Put your grill on medium heat and grill both sides of your peaches for five minutes. Leave the skin on for extra flavor.
- Red Peppers: First, brush vegetable oil onto the grill to prepare it. Cut your red peppers in half and remove all of the insides. Next, marinate them in a bowl of balsamic vinegar for 20 minutes. Place the red peppers on the grill, skin side down, and let them cook for five minutes.
When it comes to grilling, some people use a gas grill, while others would never use anything but charcoal. Both types of grills deliver delicious foods, but there are subtle differences. If you want a smoky flavor for your grilled items, then charcoal is your best bet. Alternatively, a gas grill can draw out the natural flavors in whatever you're grilling. If you want a grill that thoroughly sears a piece of meat, then a charcoal grill is the way to go. If you're looking for a grill with easy cleanup, then gas is a better option. It all depends on your personal tastes and preferences. Happy grilling, and thanks for reading! - Alan