I used to be one of those people that grilled with the lid open, flipping and turning constantly over an open flame hoping for the best. What I usually ended up with was some type of meat that was undercooked inside and burnt on the outside. More times than I wish to remember it resulted in tossing the meat and ordering take out.
Until I started doing some research. Ahhhh…the internet really is a beautiful thing.
Cooking on the grill really is super simple. I mean, really, really super simple. Preheat grill, brush hot grates, put meat on, flip meat, take meat off, eat. You really can’t get easier then that. No dirty pots and pans to clean??? Count me in!!!
This is what I’ve learned makes the best grilled meals:
First, KEEP THE LID CLOSED, except when you’re flipping the food. Other than that…do not, and I repeat, do not open that lid to start poking around and making it look like you’re grilling. You’re not fooling anyone…except the other people that don’t know any better. 🙂
Second, Do not cut into the meat. If you do, you’ll let all the juices out.
Third, Use a timer. Put the meat on the grill, close the lid, set the timer and walk away. Otherwise you’ll be tempted to break the first rule.
Fourth, let it rest. Give your meat at least five full minutes of rest (longer rest time for larger cuts of meat), after cooking. Make a little tin foil tent over the food and swat all the fingers away that are attempting to have “just a little piece”.
Fifth, When cooking steaks, allow it to come to room temperature BEFORE grilling. I usually take the steak out of the fridge when I start to prep my meal and before preheating the grill.
This is a list that you can print out. It has approximate grilling times for popular grilling items. The times listed below our for our preferences. We like our food cooked medium-rare for items like lamb and medium for beef. If you like your food cooked longer, then add a minute or two to the times below. As always, consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.
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