1. Great vegetables for a summer cookout
- Asparagus (5-10 minutes on the grill)
- Corn (15-20 minutes, turning occasionally)
- Eggplants (5 minutes each side)
- Onions (wrap in foil and slow grill for 30 minutes)
- Mushrooms (place directly on grill)
- Bell peppers (4 minutes each side)
You can learn more about the nutritional value and history of each vegetable by downloading our free app Frescana here.
2. Patience - no flame-grilling!
Wait for the coal to turn grey and glowing before starting to grill. This is when the coal is at its best, because it is the hottest and most even heat. You will need to preheat your grill 15 to 25 minutes before you start cooking.
3. Marinade love
Make sure to marinade your barbecue meat or fish the whole night before the cookout. Keep some extra marinade so that you can then brush your meat or fish every 10 minutes as it cooks.
4. Holy burgers
Make a whole in the centre of your burger patties - this will allow the heat to cook through the meat evenly. Don't worry about the strange doughnut appearance! The hole disappears as the burger patties cook and traps in the juicy flavor–with a fully cooked center.
5. Brush (and vegetable oil) is your friend
It’s easier to clean your grill while it is hot. After preheating (see tip number 2), use a long-handled wire grill brush on your grill rack to clean off charred debris from prior meals. Scrape again immediately after use. This will stop your meat, fish or vegetables to stick when placed directly on the rack. You can further reduce sticking by oiling your hot grill rack with a vegetable oil-soaked paper towel.
6. The Hand Test
If you're brave enough, you can take your BBQ through the EatingWell's Hand Test, and test the temperature of your grill:
The fire is high if you have to move your hand in 2 seconds, medium if you have to move your hand in 5 seconds and low if you have to move your hand in 10 seconds.
7. Relax, meat.
Let finished meats rest on a clean platter, tented with foil, for about 10 minutes before carving so juices can redistribute evenly.
And Voilà! You're ready to enjoy the perfect cookout! Make sure to share pictures of your culinary achievements on Frescana and start your food picture collection today!