A summer backyard BBQ with friends and family surrounded by the sweet smell of pines and the backdrop of the Sierra Mountains is one of the quintessential ingredients for a good life. We want to share our favorite barbecue secrets so you can start your journey to becoming a grill master.
Master Smoking On A Gas Grill
The first step to becoming a grill master is to master smoking. Smoking with a gas grill is just as easy as using a smoker. Some gas grills today come equipped with a metal smoker box that sits on top of a dedicated burner. If your gas grill doesn’t have a smoker box, you can make one easily using a foil pan and aluminum foil. Simply take your damp wood chips, add them to the foil pan, cover the foil pan with aluminum foil, and then cut a few slits in the top to allow the smoke to escape. Now, remove the grate and place the pan directly on top of the burners, preferably in the back corner of the grill. Replace the grate and turn on the burners to start smoking. As soon as you start to see smoke appear, you may begin cooking your food.
Master Crosshatch Marks
Crosshatch marks are those beautiful diamond shape cooking marks that you often see on steaks at steakhouses. Crosshatch marks are only used to make presentation more appealing and mastering them is easier than you might think. Imagine a clock and when you place your food on the grill, you will want to start grilling it at the 10 o’clock position. After 2 minutes, turn the food clockwise to 2 o’clock. The grill marks will now run the other way giving you the perfect diamond shape crosshatch marks.
Master The Doneness
You’ve probably asked yourself that common question, “Is it done yet?”. The first way is to check if your meat is done is to test the firmness of the meat. While the meat is still cooking, you can check the firmness with the tongs or by using your finger. The firmer it is, the more well done the meat will be. Another way to check for doneness is with a thermometer. Thermometers can be slightly inaccurate since its hard to find the exact center of the meat. You can view all safe internal temperatures for food here. Lastly, another good way to check for doneness is the cut and peek method. Cut a small slit into the piece of meat and see what color the inside is. Make sure the food is cooked to your preference and if it is not, cook it a bit longer until you’re satisfied.
Master The Tools
We all know the basic tools of barbecuing, but if you want to master the barbecue, there are a few tools we think are important to consider. The first tool is a good set of tongs. Grilling tongs are used to situate the food around the grill, allowing you to evenly cook everything. The second tool master grillers should try using is wood chips or pellets. Different woods will elevate and seal the flavor of your meat. Lastly, master grillers should own a basting brush. For certain meats or vegetables, a basting brush can be used to add sauces or marinades.
Master The Clean
One of the most important steps to mastering grilling is keeping a clean grill. Keeping your grill clean will ensure that your food cooks perfectly and at a consistent temperature. If your grill starts to collect food and grease drippings, it can clog the burners and grates, making it difficult for food to cook evenly. It is important to use the proper cleaning equipment for your grill so you don’t damage it. For a full list of tips on how to clean your grill, check out Weber’s cleaning blog.
Mastering the art of grilling is all about practice. By following these simple tips, you should be able to see an improvement in your flavors and technique. For more tips on how to become a master griller, check out Weber’s blog.