9 Must Know BBQ Grilling Tips
When the weather starts to get warmer, it’s a familiar ritual for many Torontonians to pull out their spatulas and burger flippers to create the ultimate BBQ meal for their friends and family. But what many are unaware of is that being a good BBQ-er takes years of skill, practice and perseverance to ensure everything is cooked to perfection. Whether it’s burgers, steak or ribs, there are a few tips and tricks up our sleeves that we want to share with you. And if you want to relax and enjoy the BBQ feast, our barbecue catering team at Smokin Bones will gladly take over. We have successfully catered to many events, small gatherings and celebrations to bring you the perfect BBQ menu and feast. Still, want to BBQ on your own? Here are some must-know grilling tips.
1. Know & Understand Your Grill
Every appliance you get is different depending on the brand. Whether it’s a stovetop, coffee maker or BBQ griller, the key is to thoroughly read and understand the manual to ensure you’re getting the most use out of it as possible. It’s essential to know how to turn your grill on and off correctly.
2. Always use metal utensils
One of the biggest mistakes amateur BBQ-ers make is using plastic. Because a griller is cooking on a close flame, the plastic will melt right away. While metal may get hot from the heat, it will never melt or smell like burnt plastic.
3. Oil it up!
Just because you’re cooking on a grill instead of a flat pan doesn’t mean food can’t stick to it. A best practice would be to take a paper towel with some oil and rub it across the grill before you even turn it on.
4. Wait a few minutes before you begin cooking
With most grillers, you have to use lighter fluid or some form of propane to start the fire. By waiting a few minutes before grilling, you can guarantee the lighter fluid has been burned off entirely and won’t get soaked into your food.
5. Create heat zones
BBQs have different levels for a reason. They are to differentiate different heat zones within the grill. You want them cooked at extremely high heat for certain foods, whereas others are meant to be cooked on a lower heat over time. Chicken is often best cooked on low heat to create a perfectly crisp outside with a juicy inside. The key is to turn it often. Whereas pork and beef are better off cooked on high heat.
6. Never put water on your grill
Ever been in a situation where the fire on your grill seems to be out of control? Well, don’t panic. That’s what the lid is for. Adding water to your grill will only enhance the fire. Instead, simply close the lid to cut off its oxygen supply and kill the flame.
7. Know the foodie tricks
When cooking anything on a skewer, whether it’s veggies or chicken, it can often be hard to turn and twist when placed on a single stick. We recommend using two posts that give a better grip and allow you to flip it quickly. Another foodie trick is to wrap your vegetables in tinfoil. Often because veggies are small, they can easily fall through the crack, so covering them all together in tinfoil no only helps preserve the flavours, but you will never lose a loose veggie again!
8. Take it off the grill a little early
If you notice your food looks almost ready, it’s okay to take it off the grill a bit early. Like baking, the food will cook for a bit after removing it from the heat because of the high heat.
9. Always clean your grill
Take care of your BBQ, and it will take care of you. After an extensive BBQ catering, we always recommend giving it a thorough cleaning so it’s prepped and ready to go for your next planned BBQ menu. With a write brush and scrub, you can scrub down the rack until all the leftover pieces are gone.
For BBQ Catering, it’s Smokin Bones
While barbecuing for friends and family is always fun, sometimes it’s your turn to take a step back, relax and enjoy a professional barbecue catering service. Regardless of the size of the event, Smokin Bones has an option for everyone. We cater to large or small, with a wide variety of menu options to choose from. Not to mention we already know all the tips and tricks listed above, so you don’t have to worry. Customer satisfaction is our guarantee, and we guarantee good food, reasonable pricing and a great time. Are you looking to book your next barbecue catering event? Visit us online or give us a call to learn more. We can’t wait to grill with you!