This time of year we enjoy many of our evening meals outside just because we want to take full advantage of long days, and warm nights while we can. That means we do a lot of outdoor grilling. It really is my favorite form of summertime entertaining. There’s nothing more relaxing in my book, and I want to take full advantage of these long summer days before they are over all too quickly!
Whether you use a charcoal grill, a gas one, or even a smoker (like my husband loves to use) here is a list of some of my favorite tips and tricks for making the most out of our precious outdoor cooking time!
Warm it up.
Take meat out of the fridge and let it sit out at room temperature for 20-30 minutes. The key to a perfect steak is cooking it at a high temperature for a short amount of time. The colder the steak is when it hits the grill, the longer it will take to cook it. And the more time it spends over the heat, the tougher it gets. Ideally, you want the interior of the meat to be a bit cool when it hits the grill. This helps you to achieve the perfect medium rare steak.
Season meat liberally.
Big, thick steaks need a lot of seasoning, so be sure to cover them liberally with salt, pepper and any rub before grilling. A good rule of thumb for home cooks is to salt the meat twice as much as you think is needed.
Clean your grill grate.
A clean grill will allow for non-stick grilling. Invest in a good grill brush and at the beginning of each cooking session, after you’ve preheated your grill, give it a good scrub down with the brush to remove any remains from the previous session. After scrubbing the grate, dip a wadded paper towel in a little oil and, using tongs, wipe the oil evenly over the grate.