Last updated on June 7, 2019 at 11:20 am
Grilling is a hallmark of summer – an all-American tradition. We’ve scoured the internet for the best resources to help you make the most of your meals. Here’s to you grill-master! Good luck!
What You Need to Grill – This assumes you already have a grill 🙂
- Digital, instant-read thermometer.
- Fire resistant tongs, spatula, and fork.
- Pumice stone or coil-shaped bristle-free brush for cleaning.
- Fire resistant oven mitt or gloves.
- Sauce brush.
- Chimney starter for charcoal grills.
Check out the New York Times’ How to Grill Guide (free login required, but worth it)
Grilling Mistakes That Will Kill Your Food
- Grilling at temps that are too high.
- You’re not seasoning your meat.
- You didn’t preheat.
- Using the wrong kind of fire (direct v. indirect)
- Not letting food rest after grilling.
Check out Serious Eat’s 12 Grilling Mistakes You Don’t Have to Make
Different Fires for Different Foods
- Single level. Uses one layer of coals evenly across the grill.
- Two-level. You’ll get areas of high and low heat.
- Even indirect. You’ll get even heat on the sides and a cool spot in the middle.
Check out Weber’s guide to fire configurations.
What To Grill Depending on How Much Time You Have
- Shrimp: About 3 minutes
- Steak (1-inch thick): About 8 minutes for medium-rare
- Boneless Chicken: About 12 minutes
- Pork Tenderloin: About 20 minutes
- Chicken Wings: About 30 minutes
- Whole Chicken: About 90 minutes
- Smoked Ribs: About 4.5 hours
NOTE: Make sure your food is done to the appropriate temperature before consuming. Find the USDA cooking temp guidelines here.
Check out Real Simple’s How Long to Cook Pretty Much Anything.
How to Avoid Disaster While Grilling
- Read these 13 tips before you even light the grill.
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