Summer is here, which means it’s time to brush up on your grilling skills. To impress family and friends, here are some simple tips and tricks that will make you look like a pro…
- Marinating your food before grilling is a great way to bring out the flavour of foods. As a general rule of thumb, prepare 2/3 to 1 cup of marinade for 1-1/2 pounds of meat and make sure food is covered,turning occasionally to ensure a full coat.
- Use plastic, glass or ceramic containers, covered with plastic wrap to marinade foods. Metal containers can react with acidic ingredients (vinegar, lemon juice etc.) creating an unpleasant taste.
- Forgot the marinade? Make a rub instead. Massage your mix of herbs and spices into the meat and grill! Use whatever you like – pepper, dried herbs, chilli powder, brown sugar, cumin or paprika… the options are endless.
- For dryer meats such as poultry, turkey and pork, prepare a brine and soak meat for several hours in the refrigerator. This will absorb moisture so meat stays juicy and tender during grilling. Before grilling, rinse brined meat to remove excess salt and dry it with paper towels.
- Before cutting, let finished meats rest on a clean platter and tent with foil for about 10 minutes, so juices can redistribute evenly.