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Secret BBQ tricks that will turn you into a grill master

April 26th, 2021

Many people like to grill, but few ever truly master it. Fortunately, with a few easy tips and tricks, you can elevate your grilling to the next level. Whether cleaning, cooking, or cleaning up, with these tips and tricks, you’ll be a master griller in no time.

1. Potato trick

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If you have a problem with your meat sticking to the grill, fear not. Cut a potato in half and stick a form into the uncut end. Next, rub the already-lit grill with the potato. The heat from the coals will release the starch in the potato which will coat the grill creating a non-stick coating.

2. Getting your coals just right

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To get your coals to just the right temperature, first, allow the coals to burn for 30 minutes. Next, hold your hand above the grill surface. If you can do so for 4 seconds without it getting too hot then the coals are the perfect temperature.

Any less and coals are too hot and need to be spread out. If you can hold your hand above the grill for more than six seconds, then the coals are too cold. To fix this, add a few more pieces of charcoal.

3. Three-zone fire

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Another great cooking idea is to create three fire zones on your grill’s surface. This will allow you to cook your meat to your desired level of doneness. Divide the surface of your grill into thirds. In the first part put most of your coals. This should get cook your meat to well done.

For the second zone, place about half as many coals. This zone is great for medium-rare to medium-well meat. For the final zone, you don’t need any coals at all. This will be where you can place your cooked meat to allow it to rest.

4. Apple juice spray

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Instead of using butter when cooking your steaks, try apple juice. Spraying your meat with apple juice before cooking will leave you a juicy interior and a nice crust on the outside for a perfect steak.

5. Ice cube trick

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For juicy burgers, place an ice cube in the middle of the patty before cooking. The meat will absorb the water as it melts and leave you with a nice, juicy burger. For some added flavor, add a pat of butter on top of the ice cube.

6. Rosemary skewers

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Instead of using a regular wooden skewer when making kabobs, use a sprig of rosemary. Simply pierce your meat, veggies, and fruit with the rosemary sprig for a unique look and some added flavor to your kabobs.

7. Sausage and hotdog trick

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When cooking sausage and hotdogs use tongs to turn them. This allows you to avoid using a fork which can release fats in the meat which in turn makes your grill smoke and leave your sausages and hotdogs tasting bland. Also, position your sausages and hotdogs next to each other to keep them from rolling.

8. Grill lemons for lemonade

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To make some tasty lemonade using your grill cut some lemons in half. Next coat the cut ends in sugar and place them on the grill for 10 minutes, cut end down, allowing the sugar coating to caramelize. Next, squeeze the grilled lemons into a pitcher with some fresh lemon slices and ice for some refreshing lemonade.

9. Resting your meat

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Before eating your meat, it is important to allow it to rest first. To do this, place the cooked meat into an aluminum pan and cover it with aluminum foil. Allow the meat to sit for one to two minutes. This helps lock in the moisture which will make the meat extra juicy.

10. Onion cleaning trick

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Once you are done grilling, you need to clean your grill. This is easily done by cutting an onion in half. Then stick a fork into the uncut end and rub the onion across the grill’s surface, cut end down. The anti-bacterial properties of the onion’s juice will get your grill surface cleaner than ever.

And there you have it, some tips to elevate your grilling to the next level. For more on these tips and tricks, watch the video below.

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Sources: YouTube – Scrumdiddlyumptious, TODAY

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