5 Tips for the Amateur BBQer Who Wants to Improve - Backyard Boss
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5 Tips for the Amateur BBQer Who Wants to Improve

There’s nothing like firing up the barbecue on a warm summer day and cooking dinner over an open flame. There’s a certain challenge to the process unless you like burnt chicken or dry ribs.

For those people who master the barbecue, they can count on being the hit of any party. Everyone else has something to strive for. If your chicken consistently falls into the dry category and steaks tend to lose their fantastic flavor when you grill them, there is hope for you. Here are the tips you need to take your barbecuing skills from mediocre to mouthwatering.

Temperature Is Everything

Hamburger Beef Patty Sizzling on a Grill
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The temperature of your grill is important, but the temperature of your meat also matters. Cold meat won’t cook evenly, so you will be forced to leave it on longer waiting for it to cook all the way through. The result is meat that tastes delicious on one side and is painfully dry on the other. Make sure your meat is room temperature before cooking it to ensure even cooking and deliciously moist dishes.

Let It Sit

Steak cooking on griddle pan, searing meat
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Don’t turn the meat too much. The professionals cook the meat on the first side and turn it once to cook the other side at the right cooking temperature. Constantly turning the meat in an attempt to cook it only makes it tough and chewy. Turning it might make you feel like you’re doing more, but the only thing you’re doing is ruining a perfectly good cut of steak or pork.

Most people take meat hot off the grill and put it on the table for the guests to eat. Unfortunately, this isn’t the best way to serve the food. Let the meat rest a few minutes in a warm place once it’s thoroughly cooked. Juices that were pushed to the center will redistribute, so you can serve up mouthwatering steaks and pork chops that are moist and delicious.

Break Out the Tongs

outdoor propane gas grill with man turning stakes
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It’s natural to grab a fork for working with sausages, but this is a huge mistake when grilling. Putting holes in the skin allows the moisture inside to escape, leaving you with dry meat that even your dog might not want to consume. Get the tongs, leave the skin intact and prepare to enjoy sausage that no one would dare share with the family pet.

    Heavy Duty Grill Tongs by Mountain Grillers

Heavy Duty Grill Tongs by Mountain Grillers
    This pair of grill tons in 12 and 16 inches will give you complete control over your cooking zone. The extra-long metal tongs feature a non-slip grip and a locking latch. When you're done, you can hang them by the loop at the end. These were designed for Weber grills but will look good with any other grill, too.

Keep It Clean

The male hand cleans the black grill with a soft brush
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You wouldn’t dream of cooking eggs in a dirty skillet, yet people will often toss fresh meat onto a dirty grill. Clean the grill after every use, and clean it before cooking if bugs or other debris have found their way to the grilling surface. Beware of cross-contamination by keeping cooked food away from areas where raw food was waiting to be grilled.

    POLIGO Grill Brush and Scraper

POLIGO Grill Brush and Scraper with Deluxe Handle
    Need a quality brush and scraper for cleaning your BBQ? This tool from Poglio uses food-safe wire stainless steel and is perfect for your gas, infrared, charcoal, or porcelain grill.

Get Creative

Delicious Grilled Steak
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Finally, don’t be afraid to get creative. You never know what will work and taste great if you aren’t willing to experiment with new flavors and grilling methods. While you may love how a certain marinade tastes, you might find that a dry rub makes the marinade look bland. Talk with friends, try new things, and experiment with recipes you find online.

The Last Wrap

Your guests will be thrilled at the next barbecue with your new skills, and your family will proudly call for you to fire up the grill and prepare the next meal. Master these few easy tips and your food will taste as good as the real street barbecue in Kansas City, and will win all the barbecue awards!