Grilling Tips for 2024: Master the Art of Barbecue


Summer is synonymous with barbecues and grilling. As we gear up for Summer 2024, it’s time to brush up on our grilling skills. Here are 10 essential grilling tips to help you master the art of barbecue.

1. Preheat Your Grill

Preheating your grill 15-25 minutes before you start cooking ensures it reaches the right temperature. A properly heated grill sears foods on contact, keeps the insides moist, and helps prevent sticking.

2. Clean Your Grill

After preheating, use a long-handled wire brush to clean off charred debris from prior meals. It’s easier to remove when the grill is hot.

3. Oil Your Grill

To prevent sticking, oil the grill rack with a vegetable oil-soaked paper towel. Hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack.

4. Control Your Heat

Some foods require high heat (steaks), others medium (chops, hamburgers), and others low (chicken, fish). If you’re using a charcoal grill, you can control the heat by the number of briquettes you use and how they are arranged.

5. Use a Meat Thermometer

This ensures that meat and poultry reach a safe internal temperature.

6. Let Your Meat Rest

Allow your meat to rest for a few minutes off the grill to let the juices redistribute themselves evenly throughout the roast.

7. Marinate Your Meat

Marinating meat before grilling has two purposes: to add flavor and it can tenderize the meat. Remember to marinate in the refrigerator, not at room temperature.

8. Avoid cross-contamination.

Keep raw and cooked foods separate, and never put cooked food on a plate that holds raw meat.

9. Grilled Veggies

Grilled vegetables are delicious and easy to cook. Just toss them in a little olive oil and put them in a grill basket or directly on the grill.

10. Safety First

Never leave a grill unattended, and keep a small spray bottle of water near for flare-ups.


With these grilling tips and tricks, you’re all set to become the grill master of Summer 2024. Happy grilling!

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