Unless you were born with a pair of silver tongs, you will most likely need some training when it comes to facing an open grill. The good news is that grilling is a skill you can learn with practice. Whether you are hosting a backyard barbecue party at the weekend or just looking for a new hobby to occupy your time with, here is a guide to becoming a great grill master:
Get the Right Tools
Without the right tools, you can only expect bland food and a pitiful party. Moreover, your safety is at risk as well. The secret to great barbecue involves more than just the ingredients—you need to have the right tools, too.
First on your list is the actual grill. There are typically three choices when buying a BBQ grill set: charcoal, gas, or electric. Choose whichever fits your situation best.
Next on your list are the accessories. Must-haves include long-handled tongs, spatulas, and a brush.
Set up Zones
The stove inside has high, medium, low and temperatures in between. Copy this set up and create cooking zones on the grill. This is applicable whether you are working with a gas or charcoal grill.
Set up at least two cooking zones. The first is the extremely hot direct heat zone and the other a lower-heat zone. These areas will help you manage the pace of cooking and prevent burnt barbecue.
Give the Perfect Combo
Give meat and veggies a combo of oil and seasoning before grilling. Oil keeps the food from sticking to the grill. Seasoning adds to the flavour. These two are the secrets to juicy meat and tasty veggies.
Golden brown food is a visual and gastronomical feast. Sear food first so you can have them browned and caramelised. Start at the high-heat zone and avoid flipping until the one side is cooked. Once it has that golden brown colour, flip and repeat the process on the other side. Take note, though, that fish and veggies may cook faster than meats.
Of course, these are just a few basic tips. Everyone develops their own grilling techniques over time. Give it a go every now and then and watch yourself become better each time.