Monday, Mar. 7th, 2016
9 BBQ Hacks That Will Impress Your Friends
We’re coming up on BBQ season and we can’t wait any longer. What’s better than getting together with your friends, firing up the grill, and showing off your sweet BBQ skills? You’ve got your perfect cuts of meat, crisp veggies, and a tangy marinade ready to go, but before you light the fire, use our 9 favorite BBQ hacks to make grilling easier than ever.
#1. Clean Your Grill With an Onion
Whether you’re using wood, charcoal, or propane to cook your BBQ masterpieces, making sure the grill is clean beforehand is a must. If you don’t have cleaner on hand or just don’t like chemical cleaners, use the leftover half of an onion to give it a good wipe down. Just drizzle the onion with a bit of oil and scrub down the warm grill until all the grime is gone. If you have a bit more time and want a more thorough cleaning, brew up a pot of coffee and pour it into a basin for your grill grates to soak in. Because coffee is acidic, it’ll eat up the grease in no time.
#2. Boil Water to Check Your Gas Level
Ready to start cooking, but not sure if you have enough propane in your tank to get you through your grilling session? Boil a small pot of water, then tilt your tank on it’s side. Carefully pour the water on the side of the tank (be sure you don’t get any on the top of the tank), and after putting the tank right side up, place your hand where you think the fuel level is. If the tank remains cool to the touch, that is where your fuel level is.
#3. Start the Fire With Cheetos
No BBQ is complete without some chips but did you know they can serve a functional purpose too? If you’re having trouble getting your coals to catch fire, grab the nearest bag of chips and sprinkle them on top for substitute kindling. Cheetos, Doritos, Fritos, or just about any kind of chip will do. The fat in these tasty chips will quickly burn and get your coals to that perfect temperature.
#4. DIY Grill Side Tables
For a bit more room to prepare your delicious dishes when barbecuing, bolt in a few inexpensive wooden TV trays for DIY grill side tables. You’ll want to remove the legs and give the trays a coat of water sealant before securely attaching them to the sides of your grill. Now you’ll have extra room for all of your condiments and your grilling tongs will be right there when you need them. You can check out a more in-depth guide here.
#5. Grease Up Your Grill
Before you get to grilling, give your grill a bit of a grease bath and brush on some oil to prevent food from sticking so you can easily flip. Use oils with a high smoke point, such as safflower, canola, corn, sunflower, or peanut oil. Mix some garlic or herbs into your oil beforehand to take your grilling to the next level.
#6. Spread Dry Rub By Shaking
An easy way to avoid messy fingers and keep your cooking area clean, is to put the spices for your dry rub in a jar. Drop in your drumstick, screw on the lid, and give it a good shake for an even coating. You can reach in and grab the meat with your tongs and toss it on the grill without ever having to stop to wash your hands or wipe down any spilled spices.
#7. Juicy Apples = Juicy Burgers
Do your burgers never quite turn out as juicy as you’d hope? For an easy fix, at your next BBQ, have a spray bottle full of apple juice on standby. Spray your meats every now and again with the juice for a moist, tender and flavorful bite. This trick works especially well when paired with a good piece of pork.
#8. Use a Muffin Tin For Condiments
When you’re ready to call the family to the picnic table, serve up condiments in a muffin tin. You’ll save time cleaning a bunch of dishes and they’re the perfect size for cuts of tomato, slices of cheese, and ketchup, mayo and mustard. If you have a larger sheet pan, you can even spread out a layer of ice and set your muffin tin on top to keep your condiments nice and cold.
If shish kabobs are on the menu, an easy way to add a flavorful kick is to skewer your meats and veggies with sprigs of rosemary. The juices from your meats will infuse with the herb resulting in a tender and flavorful meal. If your rosemary sprigs aren’t strong enough, try doubling them up so they’ll stay put.
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After the grilling is done, you might want to plan for a game of touch football or other fun backyard activities. If your lawn is looking more like a jungle than a football field, order lawn mowing to get your lawn back into shape.