The rich, smoky flavor of grilled meats and vegetables is something most people love about summertime. And, with warm weather right around the corner, grilling season is quickly approaching.
As a college student, you may find yourself inexperienced when it comes to cooking on a grill or you may simply be without one – because let’s face it, how many people brought their grill to college with them?
For these reasons, home-grilled meals could be considered a luxury right about now. However, we’re taking this opportunity to teach you the basics, so that when you are craving barbecue, you will be prepared.
Choosing a Grill
First things first, you need a grill, and you need to know how to work it.
There are a few different types, however Grand Central recommends a gas grill rather than a charcoal grill for first-time grillers. Charcoal can be tricky to light and cleaning the ashes after each use yield more clean up, so a gas grill is easier to start. Not to mention, a gas grill takes much less time to preheat than a charcoal grill.
The only trade-off with a gas grill is less of an authentic, smoky flavor. However, a helpful hint is to add wood chip boxes to enhance the lost flavor.
Now that you have an idea of what you’re working with, here are a couple simple do’s and don’ts to keep in mind.
Every different cut and type of meat requires a different cooking time on the grill. Here are go-to times for each type of meat.
You should also be aware however, that levels of heat vary as well. You should always double check before you start to grill, so your meat cooks to its full potential.
Any master of the grill can tell you there is a certain art and patience that goes into grilling; it takes a lot of time and practice to learn the ropes. For any first time griller, it may be intimidating, but don’t go in blind.
Here are some basic grilling vocabulary that will help you get a head start on the game and on your way to being a pro in no time.
Now you should have a basic understanding to get started, your place is going to be the new favorite among your friends. Because seriously, who can pass up an amazing grilled meal?
Here is a delicious recipe to get you started.
Grilled Barbecue Chicken and Vegetables in a Foil Packet
Serving size: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
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