Getting together with friends and family and enjoying a high quality meal on the grill is a great way to spend a nice afternoon. Let’s face it, great company is nice but it’s the food that makes barbecuing so great. While there are no universal rules to pulling off a successful BBQ there a few tips to help make the experience better.
Keeping the grill clean is a must. Nothing can ruin the experience more than built up carbon and bits of previous food particles. Not only does cleaning help the food taste better but it also extends the life of the grill. A grill should be cleaned thoroughly after every use. This goes for both charcoal and gas grills. The first step is scraping the grill with a wire brush after cooking. This will remove all the carbon bits and leftover food from the grill. After the grill is scraped be sure to use hot soapy water to wash the grill. Once that is done simply put the grill back in the BBQ. The final step is oiling it once you are done. This helps extend the life of the grill by preventing rust from building up.
In order to help add a distinctive taste to the grill you can try and flavor the wood. Soaking the wood in water helps create more smoke since they burn slower. However for those who want a more distinctive flavor you can add spices such as onion powder to the water as well. The food will absorb the flavor as the wood is burned. With all the different spices available creating a unique flavor is simply up to the creativity of the cook. Liquors can also be used to add a more distinctive flavor. Flavoring wood will be a hit with the guests and give the food a personalized touch.
While flavoring the wood is great another way to enhance your food is by marinating the meat. The longer the meat is marinated the more flavors it will absorb. In general the meat should be left in a marinade for at least 24 hours before cooking. There are literally hundreds of options to marinate with and what you choose will depend upon your palate. If you want to help give your BBQ a wow factor and break away from the typical burger and hot dog then find a good piece of meat and try a marinade out. Your guests will appreciate the flavor.
Everyone has been to the BBQ were the food is dried out and looks bad. Don’t fret there is a simply way to prevent that. Coat the meat with olive oil. This will prevent the food from drying out. Many people like to coat the grill which does help. Unfortunately, the oil burns off quickly and does not really do a lot to prevent meat from drying out. One does not have to be an expert grill master to put on a great experience for guests. The above tips can help add some flavor to the occasion.