7 Summer Grilling Hacks
With kids, a full-time job, and countless other responsibilities, sometimes it seems hard to relax and enjoy the summer. A family barbecue can become a source of added work and stress but I have learned it doesn’t have to be. One thing I always try to do is to KISS it- keep it simple, silly! – family and friends won’t remember fancy side dishes or 72 ingredient marinades but they will remember the memories of sharing a meal together around a picnic table with the smell of charcoal in the air and a gentle breeze. Simple dishes, my favorite grilling hacks, and a trip to Walmart for a few key summer grilling items can make the season so much easier so that I can sit down, kick back and relax and enjoy those times with my family and friends. I want to share my favorite grilling hacks with you!
Clean your grill grates with a tightly crunched up piece of aluminum foil. I squeeze it firmly between two tongs and scrub over the grates. This works best on a hot grill after the fire is out.
2.Season your grill and make it non-stick
Slice a large onion in half, stab with a grill fork and rub it across the grate, this will help create a non-stick surface and season your food with a little baked in flavor.
Always preseason your meat, either with a dry rub, a brine, or a great simple wet marinade. This serves a double purpose really- one it adds flavor and two it helps your proteins stay moist even if you overcook a bit. Make quick and easy work of it as well as easy cleanup with Glad Matchware Variety pack containers.
Soak your skewers in water for about an hour in water to keep them from burning when you grill. Even better soak them in beer to add flavor to your meats and veggies!
5.Create two grill zones
Heap hot coals up on one side to cook your meat, move it to the side with a small layer of cooler coals while it is waiting to be served up still warm but not overcooked. It is as really important to use a good quality charcoal briquet as well-hubby and I always go for Kingsford Original and never worry about problems with them staying lit or burning out too fast.
6. Go Herbal
Toss dried herbs like Rosemary, Basil, Thyme, or Sage right onto your coals to add tons of smoky flavor and give the backyard a heavenly aroma too! This is especially good on chicken and pork but also adds pizazz to burgers and pizza.
Use a 6 hole muffin tin to serve condiments like mustard, mayonnaise, pickles, onions, shredded lettuce, etc… Add a few plastic knives for spreading and a few forks for spearing toppings. Refill as needed to keep large bottles from taking up valuable table space (and spoiling!).
I would love to hear your favorite grilling hacks!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kingsford Charcoal and Glad . The opinions and text are all mine.