In the summer there’s really no reason to go indoors; anything you would typically do inside, you can do outside as well. You can read your favorite book outside, take a nap outside, or our favorite, cook and eat outside. If you ask us, there’s no better way to spend the day than by grilling up some delicious food with friends and family while soaking up some summer rays. In celebration of this, we’re going to share some of our favorite BBQ tips to help make your summer as tasty as possible!
You can’t have a BBQ without a grill, and there is a surprising amount of debate over which type of grill is better. The two main types of grills are charcoal and gas, and each come with their own set of pros and cons. Let’s list them out:
- Adds a smoky flavoring
- Can get intense heat (up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit)
- Cheaper (on average) to purchase
- Takes at least 20 minutes to preheat
- Clean up is messier
- Heat fluctuates easily
- Heat is more consistent
- Easy to clean
- Overall more versatile
- Typically pricier than charcoal grills
- More parts = more can go wrong/break
So there you have it, if you’re looking for an easy, quick, versatile solution, the gas grill is the choice for you. If taste is king, and you want to play with a little more fire, the charcoal grill is the way to go.
Now let’s turn to a staple of any summer BBQ menu — the burger.
Most people don’t give too much thought about their burger craft. They buy some ground beef, make some patties, and plop them on the grill, presto! There’s nothing wrong with this, and if you have to serve a large group of people you may prefer to just save time and adopt this method. But the truth is, there are a few things you can add to your craft that won’t cost you any more time, and will greatly improve the taste and quality of your burgers:
- Keep the meat cold until you are ready to cook
The burger’s first contact with heat should be with the grill. This means no leaving the meat outside or on the counter while you prepare your grill or talk to guests. Keeping the meat cold ensures that the fat doesn’t melt and separate from the meat; less fat = less flavor.
- Season the beef right before cooking
Preferably, season as your form the patties. Any salt in your seasoning will start to break down the protein and ruin the texture. With enough salt, you can eventually suck out the moisture, and the life, from you burger.
- Flip as much as you want, BUT….
Don’t press or flatten your burgers! This will squeeze the juicy goodness right out of them. All of the fat you preserved from keeping the meat cold, and the seasoning you added (right before grilling) will be lost the moment you press your spatula down on these precious discs of beef. We know it can be tough, but resist the temptation and reap the rewards of a perfect, juicy, All-American burger.
If you would like to save yourself the hassle and have your summer BBQ catered – call us today or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Culinary Concept #1: When in doubt, wrap it in bacon.