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Summer Cooking Challenge Day 10: Tips for Grilling Meat!
July 26, 2013 at 1:38 PM

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:

  1. Preheat your grill about 20 minutes before you start cooking to make sure it reaches the right temperature.
  2. Don't put cold meat on the grill. Be sure to let your meat get to room temperature before it goes on the grill.
  3. Flip your burgers and other meats only once during cooking. Usually about 7-9 minutes on each side.
  4. Don't squish your meat! You will drain it of its juices and flavors.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?

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  • TheBabyFactory4
    July 30, 2013 at 5:43 PM
    Same here

    Quoting mamamiajk:

    over flipping on certain meats to make sure they aren't burning and cook evenly

  • TheBabyFactory4
    July 30, 2013 at 5:44 PM
    I flip bone in chicken often to keep from burning the outside and making sure the inside is cooked through.
  • Charizma77
    July 30, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    I seriously never even touch our

  • .Angelica.
    July 31, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    i don't use the grill

  • mom-1kids-3
    July 31, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    I don't normally do the grilling but SO is a pro at it.  He needs to teach me alittle more about it. 

  • kitty8199
    August 1, 2013 at 11:43 AM
    I over flip but I like making checkered grill marks

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