Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. That means grilling season is here! Whether this is your first summer with a grill or you simply want to brush up on a few tips, we’ve got the information you need.
Basic Grilling Tips
No matter what type of cooking appliance you own—from a small charcoal grill to a decked-out natural gas grill—grilling best practices remain the same. Here’s what to keep in mind:
- Stock up on the right tools. A long-handled spatula, carving-style poker, and tongs are all you need for basic grilling.
- Plan time to prepare and heat up the grill before cooking.
- Oil your food, not the grill.
- Season your food at least one hour before grilling to allow the flavor to sink in.
- Clean the grill grates after cooking to prevent sticking next time.
Here are some reminders to keep your Memorial Day cookout incident-free:
- Never leave the grill unattended while cooking.
- Don’t combat flare-ups with a spray bottle. Instead, avoid flare-ups by trimming excess fat from your meat and controlling the temperature.
- Don’t add sweet sauces or marinades to the meat while grilling because the sugars may ignite.
- Keep grilled food separate from raw meat.
- Set up your grill away from open windows and doors, awnings, and low-hanging branches.
Memorial Day Cookout Recipes
Want to try a new spin on an old classic? These Memorial Day grilling recipes are perfect for you:
- Bang Bang Corn: The sweet and spicy sauce normally reserved for Bang Bang Shrimp goes perfectly with grilled corn. Once you try it, you’ll never prepare your corn-on-the-cob any other way!
- Grilled Swordfish with Tomatoes and Oregano: Turn heads with something completely different on the grill this Memorial Day. A drizzle of honey in the vinaigrette perfectly balances the briny fish and capers in this recipe.
- BBQ Herbed Drumsticks: Have you ever tried using pesto as a marinade? It’s a fast and tasty way to enjoy chicken drumsticks. Try this recipe with store-bought or homemade pesto.
- Jalapeño Popper Burgers: What’s better than a burger with a side of jalapeño popper dip? How about jalapeño popper dip inside your burger? This recipe is bound to become your family’s go-to every Memorial Day.
- Grilled Rib Eye with Shishito Pepper Salsa: The mildly spicy East Asian shishito pepper makes a prominent appearance in this recipe. Give it a try this Memorial Day!
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