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Simple BBQ Tips and Tricks Every Cook Should Know
May 29, 2020

Nothing says summer like a good old-fashioned barbeque! This style of cooking can be considered as a leisure activity, culinary pursuit, and a sport. That’s because while it may be easy to flip a few burgers, it takes years of experience to do it just right.

That is, unless you have these tips from seasoned BBQ pros:

Gas grill workstation with fresh, bright vegetables grilling, bowls and silverware ready for serving.

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Gas grill workstation with fresh, bright vegetables grilling, bowls and silverware ready for serving.

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Cook With Charcoal (or Wood)

Cook With Charcoal (or Wood)

Gas grills have their advantages, but part of the essential smoky flavor comes from charcoal or wood. There’s no imitation!

If you don’t like waiting for charcoal to heat up or have trouble getting the coals to catch uniformly, consider getting a chimney starter or charcoal chimney to help ignite the flame.

One Flip Will Do

One Flip Will Do

We know it feels super macho to man the grill, flipping burgers and steaks while your guests look on in awe. But excessive flipping gets rid of those tasty juices, and it will probably lead to an uneven cook.

Instead, time your cooking right and flip the meat just once before taking it off the grill.

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Large outdoor kitchen that has plenty of space with ash gray cabinetry, an outdoor mini fridge and a gas grill.

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90% Prep

90% Prep

Any BBQ pro will tell you that prep is everything. Once your meat hits the grill, 90% of the work should be done. Prep includes tenderizing, marinating, rubbing, trimming, and many other crucial tasks to make sure the meat is primed for the fire.

For the right prep, you need a confident prep space. Clean some counter space and invest in a heavy-duty cutting board just for your BBQ escapades. If you have a small kitchen, a workstation sink is a grillmaster’s savior. Its convenient interior ledge allows you to convert your sink into prep space, and it makes cleanup a breeze.

Double bowl stainless steel workstation farmhouse sink with a custom stainless steel rolling grid and natural wood cutting board that makes a perfect prep area.
Double bowl stainless steel workstation farmhouse sink with a custom stainless steel rolling grid and natural wood cutting board that makes a perfect prep area.

Time your Marinades & Rubs

Time your Marinades & Rubs

Speaking of prep, getting those marinades and rubs just right is never easy. The key is all about timing.

  • Marinade: Put your meat in a marinade the night before or several hours before you BBQ. This will allow the juices to soak into the meat, heightening the overall flavor.
  • Rub: Apply your rub one hour before grilling. This will allow the seasoning to better absorb into the meat or skin.

Cook with Beer

Cook with Beer

Beer is a grillmaster’s best friend, and not just as a beverage. Beer makes a great base for a marinade, making the meat juicer and more tender. It’s also ideal for slow cooking ribs and brats in the oven before transferring them to the coals.

Standing at the grill? Easy. Serving up real BBQ? That’s a whole different story. These tips were developed over time by seasoned grillmasters. Now, it’s your turn to use them and to discover some of your own on the fire this summer.