Tips for Cooking on Your New Backyard Grill

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Purchasing a new grill is a great way to upgrade your back patio. However, the art of grilling can take some time to master. Check out the tips below, which will help you learn the best ways to grill up foods for your friends and family.

Purchase the Right Tools

The most important tool you need for grilling is, of course, the grill. Once you’ve picked out the perfect grill, you’ll need to get a few accessories to make your grilled dinner dreams a reality. Tools that have long handles are ideal for grilling, as they are safer to use with a grill than short-handled options. Tongs, spatulas, and brushes are all necessary for grilling. If you plan on cooking meats or poultry, you should also pick up a meat thermometer. A grilling basket is the perfect tool if you want to grill vegetables or fruits.

Get the Optimal Temperature

There is more to cooking on a grill than just lighting it. Once you have lit your grill, you need to achieve the right cooking temperature and determine the best placement for your food. The type of food you are cooking will have an impact on what the best temperature is and whether you should use direct or indirect cooking, so be sure to closely follow any recipe you are using. With direct cooking, you place the food directly over the source of heat. With indirect cooking, the food is cooked to the side with the grill lid down.

Add the Right Flavor

There are a few steps you can take to get the best flavor out of your grilled foods. Charcoal grills naturally add a smoky flavor. If you like a smoky flavor but have a gas grill, you can try cooking with wood chips. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your grill when it comes to cooking with wood chips. Another great option is cooking with herbs—you can soak dry herbs and then place them on the grill along with your foods. Be sure to also explore the world of rubs and marinades—these are ideal for bringing out the best flavors of grilled meats, poultry, and seafood.

Are you looking for the perfect new grill for your backyard? Friedman's Appliance in Concord can help. Call us at (925) 265-8402 to learn about our selection of grills and other home appliances.