Memorial Day is right around the corner – the perfect holiday to dust of your grill and whip up summer favorites like hot dogs, chicken, brats and hamburgers. Once you buy all the much-needed ingredients for your backyard summer party, keep these tips in mind for perfectly grilled fare:
Add miso butter
Mix two parts butter and one part white miso and melt the two together. You can use this as a baste on anything from a leg of lamb to asparagus and wild onions. The mixture gives your grilled creations a light, buttery flavor that’s perfect for summer. Culinary classes online can offer you more guidance for basting your grilled meats.
Be gentle when seasoning
From briskets to ribs and steaks, seasonings are a must-have to enhance the flavor of the protein. But make sure to delicately apply the rub – if you’re too rough on the meat, the texture and flavor of the food may suffer.
Squirt citrus on chicken
The next time you’re cooking chicken on the grill, stock up on citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges. As your protein is cooking, simply squirt some citrus over the chicken – this helps to moisten the skin and really give your chicken an intense flavor.
Make a burger indentation
When cooking burgers on the grill, the patties tend to round out, making it easy for all of the ingredients to slip off. To prevent this from happening, simply press a small indentation into the raw meat with the back of the spoon. This way, when the meat finally rises up, there will be an even surface for you to pack on the toppings.
Use a grill pan
Plan on whipping up some smoky vegetables for your Memorial Day affair? Then you’ll need a grill pan. This is great for keeping chopped veggies safe from falling through the rungs of the grill. It’s also perfect for cooking delicate fish that easily breaks when grilling. Before putting your vegetables onto the grill pan, however, consider dressing them in some light olive oil to prevent them from sticking or drying out.
Opt for charcoal
If you’re after that authentic smoky taste from your grill, charcoal is the way to go. It gives your food a rich flavor. Make sure to get your grill hot before putting anything on it. Use a rough brush to clean off any charred debris from prior uses. A fiery hot grill helps sear any meat you throw on the surface.