Grilling is one the best ways to have fun and spend time with your near and dear ones. But although grilling is pretty common these days, a lot of people keep on making these silly common mistakes time and again. If you are into grilling, then you might need to look out for these regular mistakes and avoid them from now on:
Unclean Grill Grates
A lot of people are into hosting barbeque parties very frequently but they neglect to wash their grill grates after each party or for that matter after each different food item. This is not only unhygienic but it also ruins the actual taste of your next food item by sticking to it in the form of carbonised char.
So, clean your grill grates before every new item you grill so that you don’t compromise on your food’s taste at all. You can clean the grates when minimum elbow grease is involved, i.e., during preheating which is the basically the best time to do all the cleaning as the heated grease and leftover food will come off smoothly and your next food item will be so much better because of it.
Too much Heat
Another frequent mistake made by a lot of people is to keep their food items under direct heat at all time. If you do this, you are bound to get a charred meat from your grill which won’t taste any better really.
To avoid this, make sure that you are grilling your pork chops, chicken legs, etc. over the flame for some time and then giving them a rest from the direct heat for some time, this will ensure that they don’t char and taste how they are supposed to.
Using Lighter Fluids
Another common mistake is to use lighter fluids to get your charcoal started, of course, it is a faster way to proceed but unless you are looking to swallow some fluids with your food, I would advise you to not attempt this anymore.
What you can do is take it slow and get your charcoal burning steadily with the help of crumpled newspapers and wait for your charcoals to turn fully grey before you spread them out and start grilling. Here’s a few safer ways to light a grill.
Grilling the Steak immediately after refrigeration
Do not get your steak or meat out of the fridge and immediately put over the grill. This is a completely wrong practice with really severe consequences. Unless you want your meat to be charred and raw, I would strictly advise you against doing this.
Get your meat to the room temperature first before putting it on the grill. This will ensure that its outer cover isn’t charred and its insides aren’t rarer than they need to be.
Cooking too many items
Yes, it sounds too good to grill a lot of food items at once but this doesn’t bode well for the taste of those food items that you are grilling together. If you overcrowd your grill with different kinds of meat and veggies, chances are that some would remain undercooked and some would get overcooked.
Take one meet at a time while grilling, this will ensure that your food cooks perfectly and there is no taste contamination too.
Saucing too early
While saucing your meat is an integral part of grilling but there is a thing as saucing it too early. A lot of sauces comprise of sugar which provides sweetness to your BBQ’ed meats, and so if put under heat for long periods of time, the sugar will burn and turn black ruining the taste of your meat altogether.
So next time when you decide to sauce your meat, make sure that you perform this near the last 5-10 minutes of grilling to get that perfect sweet taste added to your grilled food.
Now that you are aware of these common errors, make sure that in your next party you avoid these and turn your parties into an even more successful events. So what are you waiting for? Go and get your grill on.