Memorial Day is here and in Chicago especially, that means it is time to barbecue. If you are new to the drill don’t worry we don’t want you to go into this 3-day weekend ill-prepared for the time honored tradition of cooking meat (or vegetables if you must) over an open flame. To help the newbies, or refresh the memory in the rest of us, here are six quick tips to make you the BBQ hero at your house:
- For juicy succulent burgers (or any other meat) do not press down on them with a spatula. If you need to do something with your hands, we suggest lifting a cold beverage to your lips and sip.
- Flip each item only once as you grill… If you get bored, play a game of bags, throw a ball of some sort, or find that cold beverage and take another sip.
- Never use a fork to flip your meat, tongs or a spatula help you keep the juices in the meat (which makes it much more flavorful).
- Want to add some smoky flavor to your meal? Stick some wood chips (hickory, applewood, or any other non-treated hardwoods) in water and soak them for a while, then put them ontop of your charcoal and cover your grill. If you’re using gas, you’ll need to use a smoker box (and the ability to follow the manufacturer’s complex instructions…)
- Toss herbs directly onto the charcoal while you’re grilling and your food will be infused with a rich herb essence. you can do this with a gas grill, you just need to soak the herbs first, then you can place them on the grill and cook your food on top of them.
- Baste your meat (or vegetables) right before you take them off the grill, Doing this will your marinade won’t caramelize and/or burn.
Cooking up something great this weekend? We’d love to here about it… tell us in a comment or share a picture of you at your grill and tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. We’ll share as many of them as we can!