A great thing about summer cooking is that can you enjoy fresh air while you cook outside on the grill. Sometimes cooking meat on the grill can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be.
Here are some tips for grilling meat:
- Preheat your grill about 20 minutes before you start cooking to make sure it reaches the right temperature.
- Don't put cold meat on the grill. Be sure to let your meat get to room temperature before it goes on the grill.
- Flip your burgers and other meats only once during cooking. Usually about 7-9 minutes on each side.
- Don't squish your meat! You will drain it of its juices and flavors.
- Once your meat is finished on the grill, let it rest on a clean platter for about 10 minutes, tented with foil, so juices can redistribute evenly.
- If you are grilling fish, choose fillets that are even in thickness so they cook evenly. Fish can cook really quickly, so keep a close eye on them.
- When grilling chicken, use indirect heat for bone-in breasts, legs, or thighs and direct heat for boneless breasts, legs, or thighs.
Are you guilty of over flipping or squishing meat on the grill? Are there any tips for grilling meat that you would add?
July 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM
DH does neither.
by bayliesmommyJuly 26, 2013 at 5:11 PMI leave that up to someone else! I would definitely over flip and squish. I don't like fat burgers. I also want to make sure it all gets done!
You forgot the tonger! Cook who jabs the meat to see if it's done inside. LOL. I don't tend my grill till it's ready for some attention ... I set a timer for 7 min and if the meat is not bleeding on top ... it's not hot inside. For thicker cuts, I set the timer for 12 min. If it's no where near ready, re-set the timer. Flipping and squishing just causes a lot of unnecessary smoke.
Keep a water filled spray bottle beside the grill. If meat or something catches on fire while it's cooking, spray it lightly. The moisture will usually keep it under control.
by narumi74July 26, 2013 at 6:00 PM
I am pretty good about making meats on the grill..just keep them tight and moist!
by jsbuckJuly 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM
When I used to grill I was definitely guilty of overflipping and squishing.