Master the Art of Grilling

Nothing smells like Summer more than the wafting aroma of meat on the BBQ. When you hear the sizzle of the steak and your nose gives you cause for pause, you know Summertime is the time to master the art of grilling…and Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect time to jump in and get started!

Do you have a BBQ grill? Is it time for an upgrade? Or, do you need some grilling accessories to make the job easier? We invite you to stop by Friedman’s Home Improvement this Memorial Day Weekend and check out our selection of outdoor grills.

Regardless of your culinary skill level, grilling or barbecuing perfectly cooked meat takes knowledge and practice. To master the art of grilling, here are a few key points to consider:

Grilling vs. Barbecuing–Grilling and barbecuing are not the same, contrary to common belief.

Grilling involves placing food directly over flames or another heat source, which cooks it in minutes. Grilling is best for thin cuts of meat, burgers, chicken breast, fish, vegetables and even breads.

Barbecuing, on the other hand, is a slow cooking method that can take 6 to 12 hours to complete. The heat source is kept away from the food, traditionally attached to a firebox. Wood chunks are added to create smoke that infuses the meat with flavor. Barbecuing is best for larger meats like whole turkeys or tougher cuts of meat like brisket or ribs, where the long slow cooking creates more tender meat.

1. Keep your grill clean.
Clean your grill grates after every use to manage food safety and prevent food from sticking on the grill.

2. Remember to preheat the grill.
To ensure you’re cooking at the right temperature and kill any bacteria, heat the grill on high for at least 10 minutes before cooking.

3. Get organized.
Gather everything you need before you start grilling.
● Food
● Seasonings
● Sauce
● Timer
● Thermometer
● A clean plate
● Grill set and tools

4. Should you marinate the meat?
If you have the time, yes, please.

5. Don’t poke the meat.
Using a fork lets the juices escape. Always turn the meat gently with a spatula or tongs.

6. Basting basics.
Basting can be done any time during the cooking process. Try using oil, vinegar, citrus or yogurt-based marinades.

7. Adding more flavor.
Make sure you add sauce toward the end of cooking time to avoid burning. For the perfect melt, top your hamburgers with American cheese two to three minutes before serving.

8. Let it set.
Let grilled meat set for a few minutes before serving. This will result in a juicier, tastier piece of meat.

9. Have fun.
Have fun with it and practice your new grilling techniques. Your dinner guests will be glad you did!

Though we can’t go home and cook with you, our friendly and helpful staff will be happy to help you find all the things you’ll need to kick off the summer season with an outdoor grill. Visit us at Friedman’s Home Improvement online or at one of our Santa Rosa, Sonoma, or Ukiah stores, where you’ll get the lowest price and local advice.

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