The smell wafting through the air. The sizzling sound. The perfect char lines. The delicious flavor. There’s so much to love about grilling, isn’t there? For about 75% of Americans who own a grill, it’s an essential part of their summer traditions. While everyone has their own unique way manning the flames, here are a few tips and tricks from expert grill masters to help add some sizzle to your summer grilling adventures.
Season Your Grill
If you’re using a brand new grill for the first time this summer, author and grill master Elizabeth Karmel recommends seasoning the grill to capture the best flavor. She compares grills to cast iron skillets – the more you use them, the better the food tastes. To season your grill quickly and easily, she recommends using link sausages (not the breakfast variety) and cooking them slowly on a low-medium heat. Once they’re done, let the grill burn off the residue for about 20-30 minutes, clean the grate with a brass bristle brush and you’re good to go!
Keep Your Grill Lubricated
Author and grilling expert Steven Raichlen, known for his books “The Barbecue Bible” and “How To Grill,” offers a couple of techniques to help keep your grill lubricated and flavorful throughout the summer. He recommends using half an onion dipped in oil, then use a long handled grill fork to rub it across the grill grate.
Don’t Use Lighter Fluid
No one wants chemicals fumes mixing in with their food, right? Jamie Purviance, chef and author of “Weber’s Real Grilling,” says there’s “no reason” to use lighter fluid when grilling anymore. Chimney starters and paraffin cubes are cleaner and more effective. Try our BBQ Charcoal Starter, we think it’s the perfect alternative!
Try Making Grilled Pizza
Burgers, brats, and steaks aren’t the only thing your grill is good for. You can also grill pizza! If you’ve never tried it, Jamie Purviance once again breaks it down in his step-by-step pizza grilling guide. He notes you’ll want the pizza dough to be about ¼ inch thick, so it can cook completely in a short amount of time (about 10 minutes). He also recommends cooking the dough over direct medium heat. Our stainless steel Endurance Precision Pierced Pizza Pan can help you make delicious pizza with crispy crust right there on the grill.
Grill Lemons or Limes to Add Flavor to Fish
Citrus juices, like lemon or lime, are often squeezed over top grilled fish and seafood to boost flavor. Steven Raichlen adds to that technique by recommending that you grill your lemons and limes too! Try squeezing the grilled citrus on fish cooked to perfection in our BBQ Fish Basket. Raichlen also notes that the grilled fruit makes for delicious lemonade and margaritas (best enjoyed using our Endurance Drink Straws, of course)!
Dimple the Center of Your Burgers
If you want to impress your friends with the perfect burgers at the backyard barbecue this summer, try dimpling the center. Steven Raichlen says that will help the burgers plump more evenly. Never press the burgers with a spatula or you may squeeze out the delicious juices! As an added tip, put the lettuce under the burger to help keep the bottom of the bun from getting soggy. Try our Endurance Burger Press and BBQ Burger Basket to help make juicy, delectable burgers!
Keep Your Grill Clean
Keeping you grill clean is important, especially if you use it frequently throughout the summer. Cleaning your grill helps to prevent sticking and gives your food better flavor. According to Elizabeth Karmel, once you remove the food from the cooking grate, you should allow any excess to burn off for about 10 minutes. Clean the grate after each use with a brass bristle grill brush and remove ashes from charcoal grills regularly. Your grill should be cleaned once a year with soapy water, but do not use harsh abrasives. Also, many grates are dishwasher safe, but it’s not recommended. You don’t want to lose that “grill” flavor.
These are just a few expert tips and tricks that can help you along on your summer grilling adventures. RSVP International has a full line of grilling products to help take your grilled foods from good to great. We’d love to see what’s sizzling on your grill this summer. Share photos using our grilling products to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #RSVPinthewild. Happy grilling!