What is your favorite part of the Fourth of July? Is it the fireworks? The time off from work? Time spent with your family? Or is it the food? I love it all! Fourth of July is a great time to get the family together and celebrate this great country of ours. My family enjoys swimming at the pool, setting off a few fireworks, and of course great grill food, served up by yours truly.
Now grilling is more than just cooking to me. It is an event. It starts with prepping the food with marinades, dry rubs, and the right amount of seasoning. Next comes warming up the grill. I enjoy cooking with gas, but I know several people prefer charcoal. Now that is a debate for another time. I’ve included some of my tips below for grilling out this holiday.
Tip 1: Heat the grill before brushing off debris.
It is easier to remove past food debris when the grill is nice and preheated. Take time to warm the grill and use a long handle grill brush to make sure the grill is ready to work.
Tip 2: Oil it up
Nothing is worse, than prepping the perfect piece of meat, just to have it stick to the grill. Use vegetable oil to create a non-stick grill. The trick is to use a oil soaked paper towel and run it over the rack with tongs. Careful not to drop it in the flames and definitely don’t use cooking spray.
Tip 3: Marinate, Marinate, Marinate
Take the time to prep your meat with a tasty marinade. Whether you concoct your own or follow a recipe, it is amazing what 20-30 minutes of marinating can do to a piece of meat.
Tip 4: Thermometer
Nothing worse than giving your whole family food poisoning by not cooking food to the right temperature. Don’t let that happen to you this Fourth of July. Use a meat thermometer to test the food before feeding it to your loved ones.
Tip 5: Take time to rest
Food gets better with a little rest. Let your meat rest on a clean platter for at least 10 minutes before you enjoy it. This gives the meat time for the juices to redistribute.
I wish you all a Happy Fourth of July and happy grilling!