Summertime means cookouts and barbecues! If you’re looking to up your barbecue game, check out these 10 barbecue hacks for your next summer party. From marinating tips to recipes to make on the grill, we’ve got you covered. So, fire up the coals and get ready for some delicious summer party eats!
1. Get the perfect sear by using a hot and cold technique. Sear your meat on one side over high heat until it’s nicely browned, then move it to a cooler part of the grill to finish cooking through.
2. Use indirect heat for large cuts of meat. If you’re grilling a big piece of meat like a pork shoulder or whole chicken, cook it over indirect heat (with the coals banked to one side) until it’s nice and tender.
3. Baste with vinegar or citrus juice for extra flavor. Before putting your food on the grill, give it a quick brush with some apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. It’ll add brightness and acidity to whatever you’re cooking.
4. Add wood chips to the coals for a smoky flavor. Soak some wood chips in water for 30 minutes, then add them to the hot coals before grilling. You’ll get a nice smoky flavor that’ll permeate whatever you’re cooking.
5. Make a foil packet of aromatics to infuse your food with flavor. Toss some chopped onion, garlic, herbs, and lemon zest onto a sheet of foil, then top with another piece of foil. Crimp the edges to seal it up, then poke a few holes in the top so that the steam can escape. Place it on the grill next to whatever you’re cooking, and the aroma will infuse into your food.
6. Use good-quality charcoal for the best flavor. Not all charcoals are created equal, so invest in a good brand like Royal Oak or Weber. You’ll taste the difference in your food.
7. Don’t forget about veggie kabobs! Grilling is not just for meat – veggies like mushrooms, zucchini, and tomatoes are delicious when cooked over the flames. So, don’t forget to throw some on the grill next time you’re firing it up.
8. Get creative with your toppings. Sure, ketchup and mustard are fine, but why not experiment with other flavors? Try a mango salsa or guacamole on your next burger, or go Asian-inspired with a hoisin-sriracha sauce.
9. Make sure your grill is clean before cooking. No one wants to eat food that’s been cooked on a dirty grill, so make sure to give it a good scrub down before you start cooking.
10. Have fun! Grilling is supposed to be enjoyable, so don’t take it too seriously. Relax, crack open a beer, and enjoy the process. Your guests will taste the difference in your food if you’re having a good time while cooking it.
Who doesn’t love a good barbecue? The delicious meats, the endless sides, and of course, the sweet and smoky flavors. Whether you’re a pro at barbecuing or a beginner, these 10 hacks will help make your next summer party a hit.
Get ready to fire up that grill and impress your guests with your awesome barbecue skills!