Ready to become BBQ royalty? These tips (from the grill experts at Weber) are a great way to get started.
- Always Preheat
- Light up the grill, close the lid and wait 10 to 15 minutes. Preheating the grill will keep your food from sticking to the grate and ensure even cooking.
- Know When to Be Direct—and When to be Indirect
- Small piece = direct heat
- Place and cook directly over the fire
- Large piece = indirect heat
- Place food next to the fire, not directly over it. Close the lid to hold in the heat. This turns the grill into more of an outdoor oven.
- Utilize the Lid
- Here are 4 important reasons why the lid should be closed as much as possible:
- It keeps the grates hot enough to sear the food;
- It speeds up the cooking time and prevents the food from drying out;
- It traps the smokiness that develops when fat and juices vaporize in the grill;
- It prevents flare-ups by limiting oxygen
4. Watch the Time and Temperature
- Use a timer! Nothing is worse than overcooked meat (well, except maybe undercooked meat). Make sure you’re paying attention to the amount of time meat has been on the grill and always use a meat thermometer. Also take into consideration outdoor temperatures. For example, if you are grilling in a colder climate or in a higher altitude, chances are your cooking times will be longer.
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