If your grilling skills leave a lot to be desired, don’t despair. There are plenty of ways to improve your overall cooking ability. Check out some of these helpful tricks to set you on the road to delicious dining.
1. Equip Yourself With Quality Cooking Tools
The age-old saying that a workman is only as good as his tools is worth bringing out here. The same can be said for a cook. If you plan to grill meals for your family then you need to invest in the right equipment. Don’t know where to start? A specialty grilling and barbequing store like Barbeques Galore can help. The staff can point you in the right direction to help get your technique down. When you visit a dedicated grilling store, there are many different accessories and products to give you more inspiration as well.
2. Choose the Right Cut of Meat
No matter what your meat preference, you need the right cut to suit the selected cooking method. If you are planning on grilling your meat but have no idea where to start, visit your local butcher. They can recommend juicy steaks, fresh chicken breast or even spicy chorizo that will come up a treat on top of the grill. Most recipes that you use will also recommend the best cut of meat, such as a thick Porterhouse for succulent grilled steak dishes.
3. Marinate in All Flavours
If you are a big fan of chicken (so, almost everyone), then you already know grilling chicken is a healthy cooking option. Allowing your piece of chicken to marinate for a few hours (or even overnight) gives it plenty of time to soak up flavour. A tasty marinade stops the chicken from drying out and gives off a beautiful aroma during cooking. Any marinade that contains lime juice is perfect for tangy, healthy grilled chicken.
4. Grilled Dessert? Yes You Can!
Don’t assume a great barbeque experience finishes with the main meal. Up your grilling game by tackling a dessert. Chop up thick slices of pineapple or mango and throw them on the grill until they are hot and lightly browned. Brush a glaze of brown sugar mixed with melted butter over each piece and plate them up with a bit of cream. This simple idea looks and smells divine – your guests will be in heaven.
5. Indirect Heat is Your Friend
Great grilling and indirect heat go hand-in-hand. Rather than concentrating all of the heat onto each piece of meat, indirect heat uses a softer application of heat. This method gets you to preheat the barbeque and place each piece of meat evenly across the grill plate once it is hot. You then turn the surrounding burners on to a medium heat and close the hood of the grill. The hood stays down for the recommended cooking time (which will vary depending on the cut of meat you are using). Aim to turn the meat only once and keep it under the closed hood until you are ready to serve it. Indirect heat allows your meat to retain more of its juices, so it will stay much more tender.
Feeling more confident in your cooking ability? It’s time to put these tips into action. Hop to it and get started on your culinary masterpiece.