Summer Grilling – 7 Barbecue Do’s and Don’ts

Summer – the best time for barbequing. Temperature is perfect for outdoor activities, children are out of school, and families have time together on their summer holidays.

Today, lots of families in America attend a barbeque at least once a year. No matter if it is just another day in the summer or some big event like the 4th of July or Memorial Day. Chances are someone in your area is grilling.

Barbequing has become a standard American tradition for families. It’s basically unheard for a family to go a full summer without attending or having a barbeque party.

Barbequing in the summertime is popular because:

  • Barbequing gives you a reason to hold a celebration or party, and a basis for families to gather together.
  • You can create a meal unmatched by any other type of cookery. The grilled taste and smell will brighten up even the pickiest meat eater.
  • It is popular because it is an excellent hobby as well.

Just remember a few things to ensure that your barbequing goes flawlessly.

Barbequing Do’s and Don’ts

1. Grill maintenance

Clean the grill carefully. Maybe you cooked tasty fish last time, but unless you want a hint of fish with your next slices of beef, you need to wipe your grill before cooking.

It’s best to clean your grill right after you used it:

  • wait until it cools down
  • wash the surfaces with baking soda
  • use grease-fighting dish soap and water for the racks

2. How to prevent stickiness

Before you cook, spray your grilling area with a nonstick cooking spray. That will stop your meat from sticking when you are moving it.

You will lose juice from the meat if it sticks and tears, and your meat may dry out.

3. Check the temperature

Don’t place food on the grill until the heat is correct. The inconstancy in temperatures may cause your meat to burn or dry out.

When using a charcoal grill, wait that the coals are gray before placing the food on the roast. That will allow most of the lighter fluid to burn off, and the temperatures to level out.

4. How do you grill chicken, so it doesn’t dry?

Did you know that most barbeque sauces contain high amounts of fat and sugar, which burns easily? So marinating before you cook will add flavor, BUT covering your meat in barbeque sauces before cooking may cause it to burn, and dry out.

If you want to use barbeque sauce, only add it in the last moments before taking your meat off the grill.

Alternatively, lightly seasoning your meat will probably work better, and will not have any unfavorable outcomes.

Just note that meat has a natural taste that you are trying to get out by barbequing. So don’t ruin that.

5. Searing and the heat

Searing your meat (you cook the surface at a high temperature until a browned crust forms) will seal in the juices and savor, or lock in the moisture.

But don’t cook your beef at that temperature for the whole grilling time!

Once you seared both sides, set the heat to medium. That will ensure that your steak is full of flavor and tender.

6. Handle with care

Never put the cooked food back on the same plate where it was before cooking. That could cause the spread of many sicknesses.

Be careful with the utensils and don’t touch cooked meat with the same equipment that you used when it was raw.

7. Never poke the meat

Don’t poke your steak with a fork to see whether it’s done while you are still cooking.

Poking holes in meat will cause all the flavor and juices and all the blood in the steak to leach out. And they will leach out into the bottom of the grill.

That defeats the purpose of searing the outside and locking in all the juices in. And poking will make your food dry and unappealing.

On top of that, poking is not best for your grill. It will cause unwanted grease and juices to run on your grill, which will make your cleanup job harder.

Grilling Facts

7 out of 10 U.S. adults own a grill or smoker.

Grill types:

  • Gas 64%
  • Charcoal 44%
  • Electric 9%

The most popular days to grill:

  • July 4 (73%)
  • Memorial Day (60%)
  • Labor Day (58%)
  • Father’s Day (45%)

Other popular dates around the year:

  • Super Bowl (23%)
  • Thanksgiving (14%)
  • Christmas or Chanukah (10%)
  • New Year’s Eve/Day (9%)

Popular occasions for grilling:

  • Birthday parties (49%)
  • Camping trip (24%)
  • Vacation home party (21%)
  • Tailgating activities for sporting events (11%)

Grilling is becoming a year-round lifestyle choice.

Source: Consumer survey commissioned by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA)

Barbequing is typically a summer event, but fans of barbeque will not think twice about grilling right in the middle of winter. Same rules apply a year-round.