and Welcome to Grilling & BBQ!
Grilling and BBQ'ing has got to be one of my favorite subjects in the whole wide cooking world! It's my very favorite way to cook and eat food and boy have I done a lot of it!
If your new to grilling then you have to read our tips because they are perfect for the beginner!
First --- Lets talk about what Grilling is and what BBQ'ing is.
Most people don't realize there is a difference but there is.
is cooking fast, at a high temperature
any cut of meat or poultry, even vegetables! Grilling is when you place your meat or poultry etc. on the cooking surface of a grill (like a gas-powered grill) and cook away! Sometimes thin sauces or marinades are applied to the food before or during the cooking process to keep the meat moist because grilling fast at a high heat tends to dry out the meat if you don't. Many people use BBQ sauce for grilling and I think this is why everyone gets so confused about what the difference is between grilling and BBQ.
Grilling is also know as DIRECT COOKING - this cooking method involves cooking your food directly over the heat source. Recommended for food that requires short cooking times or to sear and lock in the juices before cooking food indirectly.
is slow cooking for several hours
any cuts of meat or poultry over say... wood coals....but the meat is not placed right directly over the coals like in grilling. When BBQing, there is usually a can of water somewhere in the grill to keep a constant humidity level in the cooking area. Dry rubs made of various herbs and spices are often applied to the meat or mustard- or tomato-based sauces (depending on where you live). However, many BBQers forgo the rubs and sauces and let the woodsmoke flavor the food. It is not unusual to BBQ meat or poultry for several hours (or even all night!). You can BBQ a really bad cut of meat and it usually results in a tender, delicious treat that practically falls apart as you eat it. BBQ is also know as INDIRECT COOKING - When food is cooked away from the direct heat source with the lid closed. This method works well for delicate foods as well as foods that require longer cooking times.
BBQ'ing is what's done when you want your company to stay all day and Grilling is what's done when you want your company to eat and go! ~Snickerrrr~
For Gas Grills
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! I am so glad that spring is coming because when spring comes popping out, so does all the BBQ Grills!
- If using a Gas Grill- Preheat the grill for at least 10 minutes on high. This way it will have time to burn off any bugs or creepy crawlers that might be hiding on the under side. This will also help to kill any lurking germs.
- Pre-Heating grids -- By pre-heating the cooking grids, they will sear the meat to give it nice grill marks, but more importantly, it will keep the meat from sticking to the cooking grate...
- Scrub grill grates with a wire brush or spatula before and after cooking. You want to do this anyway so food doesn't stick.
- OIL-- Oil your grids. - To prevent food from sticking to the cooking grid or warming racks you can spray or brush on oil before lighting or spray the food with a mist of oil before placing it on the grid. Experiment and see which method works best for you..
- Did you know that using a grill fork is not so good....The piercing of the food lets all the precious juices out of the meat that you need to keep in the meat. Use long-handled tongs or a spatula to turn the food instead.
- Keep a can of water in the grill when cooking to keep moisture in.
- The first thing most people do when they have a flair up is grab the water and slosh it on. The best thing to do is just move the meat away from where the flair up is. Its the grease from the meat that is causing the big problem so relocating it somewhere else on the grill usually solves your problem. If you have a grill cover, close it to help cut off the oxygen supply to the flame.
- Close grill cover for even cooking and keep closed as much as possible. I know this is hard to do because part of the fun of grilling is watching the meat smoke and cook. Snickerrrrr~
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Its the best way that I know of to get a big gang of people together and also the best way to keep them out of your house! ~Snickerrrrr~
It doesn't matter which way you pick to cook your food. Gas grill and charcoal both will make a delicious meal.
- Before grilling over charcoal, allow the coals to form a thin white ash appearance. Grate should be positioned 3-5" above the coals.
- Direct Method: Cook food directly over the coals. Use this method for thinner pieces of meat, poultry or fish.
- OIL-- Oil your grids. - To prevent food from sticking to the cooking grid or warming racks you can spray or brush on oil before lighting or spray the food with a mist of oil before placing it on the grid. Experiment and see which method works best for you.
- Keep a can of water in the grill to keep the moisture in.
FOR WOOD SMOKED FLAVOUR - Wood chips impart smoky, distinctive flavors to grilled foods. Soak chips in water for about an hour so they don't burn, place your smoker box in with the cooking medium and cook your food like usual. Try earthy mesquite or spicy hickory.
Wood chips can be used for both Grilling and BBQ'ing.
Keep in mind everyone that your BBQ Grill can grill, roast, bake and rotisserie food. Don't be locked into just sticking weenies on the grill ok. Although weenies are fantastic grilled with BBQ sauce on it, yummmmm! I still suggest you try something new on your grill. Pizza, quesadillas, vegetables and even desserts are all possibilities and turn out great on the grill. Why not try baking bread too! If you have a grill that has a high top on it, you need to try this. It cooks really fast! Even faster than your regular oven.
ENJOY YOURSELF - Smileeeeeee~ Don't rush. Sit back with your family and friends all around you and relax. There's nothing better than being able to sit back and watch the smoke from the grill roll up around your nose and smell that wonderful smokey smell of meat cooking. Hearing the sizzle of the fat dripping out of the meat just makes your mouth water too.
Grilling and BBQ'ing is a way to make great memories. Plan ahead, take your time, have the necessary ingredients and tools available before you begin. Thaw out your meat in the refrigerator the night before and marinate for up to 2 hours before grilling.
What is a Dry Rub? - Dry rubs enhance flavor as opposed to tenderizing. A rub is usually a mixture of fresh or dried herbs and spices, sometimes mixed with an oil, crushed garlic or mustard, which is rubbed into the surface. You will find that rubs are normally recommended for meats that require only a short time for cooking....but many of the BBQ cookoffs that cook their meat all night long will use dry rubs....so really not everything that you read works with all cooking.
TIP: Allow meat to cook for about 1/3 to 1/2 the total time before applying any basting sauce so you don't "wash off" any of the dry rub seasonings.
~How to use BBQ Sauce~
- Try grilling your slices of bread on the grill right after you take up all the meat. Slightly butter the bread and lay it on. The seasoning and sauce used on the meat will stick to the bread and flavor it. We sometimes even spread a thin layer of BBQ sauce on the bread and let it crust on the edges.
- Crusted Edge BBQ Bread -- Take BBQ bread and butter the top. Then spread your favorite BBQ sauce on the outside edges of the bread. (You know the area that always burns first) When you spread the outside edges with the sauce it keeps the edges from burning......but it dries the BBQ sauce and make it crust! You just can't beat eating bread cooked this way.
Talk about gooooooood! This is goooooooood!
- When cooking steaks--- We like to grill them with our favorite BBQ sauce. Then right before taking them off the grill we load up each steak with mushrooms that have been sauteing in butter and wine on the side while the steaks were cooking. Just pile up the mushrooms on top of the steaks and then lay 2 slices of cheese on top. Once that slowly melts and gets gooey.......and just before its about to slide off the sides....take it up.
Talk about Mouth Watering!!!
- Baked Beans - Take your favorite baked beans and put them in a black cast iron skillet on the grill. Add BBQ sauce and let the beans cook down so they are thick and not watery.
- Baked Bean Toast - One of my favorite ways to eat my baked beans is to eat it on toast. We take regular sandwich bread and toast it on the grill. We use the regular sandwich bread because its so thin and thin bread will toast crunchy. Once toasted, spoon the baked beans that's been cooked down, on top. A spoonful of BBQ sauce & a couple pieces of crispy bacon laid on top of that and you've got the perfect way to serve your baked beans! When you cut it with your fork the bread on top will be moist and the bread on the bottom will crunch when you cut it.
Fantastic Visual Effect to a meal!
- Bake or boil your potatoes -- whole-- ahead of time -- and cut in forth's. Dip each wedge of potato in BBQ sauce. Place the sauced potato wedges on the grill with the meat. Your potatoes will have a spicy protective coating that will keep it moist on the inside and crusty BBQed potato skins are delicious! So keep them skins on!
- Save the Sweet Sauce for last -- When grilling meat apply sweet basting sauces made with sugar, honey or syrup during the last few minutes of grilling to prevent burning. A small amount of charred BBQ sauce is good and adds a special grill flavor to the food as it caramelizes....but be careful with these sugar based sauces because they will get a heavy burn really fast if not watched carefully. Pull meat off right after the caramelized stage and right before the burn stage.
Savory sauces, such as mustard and teriyaki can be applied throughout the grilling process.
MARINATE YOUR MEAT
- Marinades flavourize, moisturize and tenderize.
- Choose flavorful, spicy, fragrant, or aromatic ingredients like fresh or dried herbs or spices, dried chili peppers, onions, shallots, garlic, and ginger.
TIP: A tenderizing marinade must contain an acidic
ingredient such as
I can't tell you how many times I've been to BBQ's and found the cook all up set because the skewers were on fire.
TIP: Soak your wooden skewers. If your a beginner in grilling, you probably don't know to do this. The reason that the wooden skewers burn, or even worse catch on fire, is because they are made of wood and wood burns when placed over fire.
Most people don't even think about this at all. To keep this from happening.....just soak your skewers in water for a while before you load on all the meat and veggies.
The key to well cooked kebabs is to cut your meat into even-sized pieces. The key to some tasty kebabs is to soak them in some Italian Dressing! Yep that's what I said. Not only is Italian Dressing good for salads but its also good for using as a Marinate. Remember the rules of a Marinate???
"A tenderizing marinate must contain an acidic ingredient."
Well there you have it! Without making your own fancy Marinate, all you have to do is buy Italian Dressing and you have all you need in one! Italian Dressing Varieties have WINE, VINEGAR and spices already mixed together.
What a perfect ready to go marinate!
TIP: Use flat bladed skewers to help keep food from twisting as you turn it.
A husband and his wife who have been married 20 years were doing some yard work. The man was working hard cleaning the BBQ grill while his wife was bending over, weeding flowers from the flower bed.
So the man says to his wife "Your rear end is almost as wide as this grill!" She ignores the remark.
Later that night while in bed, her husband starts to feel frisky. The wife calmly responds, "If you think I'm gonna fire up the grill for one little wiener, you are sadly mistaken."
A mother was taking up weenies off the grill for her sons, AJ, 5, and Jeremy, 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first weenie. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. "If Jesus were sitting here, He would say 'Let my brother have the first grilled weenie, I can wait'". The two brothers looked at each other......then AJ turned to his younger brother & said,
"Jeremy, you be Jesus!"
An aged farmer and his wife were leaning against the edge of their pig-pen when the old woman wistfully recalled that the next week would mark their golden wedding anniversary. 'Let's have a BBQ party, Homer,' she suggested. 'Let's kill a pig.'
The farmer scratched his grizzled head. 'Gee, Ethel,' he finally answered, 'I don't see why the pig should take the blame for something that happened fifty years ago.'"
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