Warm weather is nearly here, which means it is time to dust off those grills as we prepare for another grilling season!
Grilling is a spring and summer staple in the Northeast — and yet making the most of this outdoor appliance's potential can feel intimidating. That's why we want to share three super helpful tips to observe as your prepare to break out your backyard BBQ and suit up for another "let's get ready to grill" season!
Tip #1: Some Like It Hot
We know enough to preheat an oven, but preheating a grill is just as important! Placing meat on your grill too soon, before the grates are hot enough, can change the flavor of whatever it is you are cooking — and not in a good way. If you are working with a charcoal grill, you'll want to look for a thin gray coat of ash on the coals before grilling. If you have a gas grill, consider preheating on high, which can take approximately 10-15 minutes. When it comes to preheating your grill, whether it is charcoal or gas, patience is a virtue, but it's worth the wait.
Tip #2: Get Versatile with Vegetables
Grilling isn't just for meat-eaters! If you are strictly a vegetable lover, grills can work some serious magic when it comes to cooking up your favorite veggies. Grilling vegetables enhances the flavor in a way that other forms of cooking cannot. The best part? It's easy, with no fuss, no muss! Create a simple lidded pot by folding aluminum foil around carrots, whole onions, or broccoli for a steamed effect, or place veggies like peppers, zucchini, and eggplant (to name a few!) directly onto the grill. Your vegetables won't need more than a sprinkle of salt or a favorite seasoning after you remove them. Even just a drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of lemon can send the flavor soaring!
Tip #3: Grill Your Fish
Grilling fish on an open flame can feel challenging, but consider this a time to experiment with some delicious potential! Firmer fish like salmon work beautifully on the grill and result in a tasty, crispy skin. Ready for a pro tip? After you've placed your fish on the grill, avoid moving it since movement can cause tearing and breaking of the fish. Another thing to note is that fish generally cooks quicker than meats like steak or chicken, so you'll want to keep your eyes on it.
We hope these tips have been a helpful inspiration to get out there and grill this season!
As always,we invite you to leave the BBQing to us. Take a look at our quick and easy curbside menu filled with delicious grilled meats, BBQ dishes, and veggie options. We are happy to serve up spring and summer dishes for any gathering!