When it comes to BBQ tips for beginners, most people find talk of pits, smokers, grills, sauces and charcoal quite intimidating. However, don’t forget that all experts were once novices themselves. Therefore, if you wish to advance your barbecue skills, this coming summer offers the perfect opportunity. Just make the effort and, with the following helpful advice, you will be wowing your friends with your outdoor culinary prowess in no time.
Of course, a grill is the first thing you need to acquire, and you need to decide whether to purchase a gas grill or a charcoal grill. Gas grills are more convenient, whereas charcoal grills produce tastier food. Moreover, grills with charcoal cook food gradually, so if you are pushed for time a gas grill might be the best option.
Whatever type of grill you choose, dirty grills flare up, smoke profusely and give your food an undesirable flavor. Maintaining a clean grill will eliminate all these issues. However, you have to do more than just switch the grill on for quarter of an hour, prior to using it. Undoubtedly, a lot of grease will burn off if you do this, but a noticeable amount will remain. Ash deposits, food that slips into the grill and other junk stays there, until you roll up your sleeves and clean it away thoroughly. It is best to remove the burner covers and grates once every six months, to keep your grill spic and span.
After you have sorted your grill, fuel is the next consideration. With charcoal, the coal quality is crucial. After the charcoal has been ignited using lighter fluid, more fluid will have to be purchased. Ignite the charcoal using lighters or long handled matches, and check that the coals are eighty-nine percent ashed over, prior to igniting.
With gas grills, natural gas or propane gas is used. The majority of local gas stations have propane available, however natural gas can only be purchased from gas companies. Additional equipment you require includes a timer, a thermometer, a wire brush to clean the grate and various utensils.
As far as the food goes, you should turn it with tongs to retain the juices inside. Do not turn the food by impaling it with a fork, because this makes the juices run out, and it could create flare ups. Similarly, during cooking, do not push the food onto the grill. This can cause the juices to run out as well.
Flipping your food will allow it to brown evenly, and doing this also adds those delicious looking grill marks. Refrain from too much flipping though. Many people squeeze the food too hard with tongs after flipping, which makes the juices run out.
Finally, be mindful of the usual safety procedures. Do not leave children unattended round the grill. Ensure that you cook outdoors, on a flame resistant or concrete surface. Also, be careful to use different dishes for carrying the cooked meat and the raw meat, to stop any cross contamination from occurring.