Hey Mama’s! I hope you had a great weekend! Ours was jammed packed, but so much fun. We had the opportunity to check out the Great Wolf Lodge, which was so fun. If you haven’t been before, they now offer single day passes so you can check it out without actually staying overnight in a room! It’s great now during Summer, but really cool during the Winter as the majority of the water park is indoors.
Anyway, today I’m sharing a really fun post with you about grilling and BBQing. Many of you know I love to cook, and I use to only grill via a gas grill. But, ever since knowing James, we’ve only had charcoal grills…that’s just his style.
Prior to a couple of months ago I didn’t really have any interest in knowing much about the charcoal grill, but with J working more outside the home (he actually has an office to go to now in KC) I figured I should learn. Mostly because there have been a times where grilling sounded good, but I just wasn’t sure where to start.
J taught me a few of the basics, but a few weeks ago I went to Westlake Ace Hardware to one of their BBQ events. Most Saturdays they have someone teaching and talking about grilling, giving tips and showing you what you need to get.
So as you finish out Summer and start heading into the Fall cool down, when we do most of our grilling because it’s not as hot, here are a few tips and tricks I learned. Oh and these are for both gas and charcoal grilling!
Easy Grilling Tips Every Mom Should Know
Know how much propane or charcoal you have on hand. There’s nothing worse than coming up with a plan, marinating chicken or even getting burgers prepped, only to realize to don’t have enough of either of these. So keep and eye on these and stay on top of your supply. money saving tip, re-use your propane tank, it’s much cheaper to have it refilled than to buy new ones each time!
Room Temperature Meat. Letting your chicken, beef or pork come to room temperature before putting them on the grill is very important. This helps your meat cook more evenly.
Use a little cooking oil. If you’re making burgers and the meat keeps sticking to your hands, use a little cooking oil on your hands. This keeps the meat from sticking to you! I actually use this trick all time: baking cookies, making protein balls, etc…
Soak wooden skewers. When making kabobs, soak your wooden skewers in water 10-15 minutes before stacking them with your meat and vegetables. This will keep them from burning while you cook them.
Make a thumbprint. If you have watched my Cook With Me series on Instagram, then you have seen this before. I have done this for years (thanks Bobby Flay). This keeps your burgers from shrinking and helps hold their shape. Without this trick, my burgers use to get smaller, not fit on buns and be in a more round/ball like shape!
Let your meat rest. This one is so important. Allowing your protein to rest for 5-10 minutes after taking it off the grill (or even out of the oven) seals in all the juices. To keep things warm, cover it in foil and place in the Microwave or oven. Tip: Remove from grill when it’s a couple minutes away from being done, because it will finish cooking through while it’s resting under foil.
These are just a few simple tips and tricks for grilling. They’re nothing groundbreaking or Earth shattering, but they will make such huge difference.
I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for grilling that you can’t live without. Comment below
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