12 Grilling Hacks You Never Thought Of
Rise and Brine
Grilling doesn’t have to be a weekend-only event! If you brine or marinate your meat in the morning, you can fire up the grill as soon as you get home from work; and before you know it, dinner is served.
Give Your Fish a Kiss ... of Citrus
Strewing citrus slices over a grill keeps fish from sticking to the rack and infuses it with flavor at the same time. Slice oranges, lemons, and limes about 1/4 inch thick, then spread the fruit generously over a hot grill.
Elevate Your Buns
A good bun is more than just an edible meat holder. Prepared with love, it will take your burger or dog to the next level. Simply spread that bread with a generous layer of softened butter and lay it on the grill to get browned and a little crispy on the edges before piling on the toppings.
One Tong to Rule Them All
An extra-long pair of tongs are (almost) the only grilling tool you need. Not only do they allow you to easily maneuver food over the fire without singeing off your arm hair, but you can use them to lift up hot grates, and move around glowing coals to create a perfect two-tier fire.
Boil, Boil, Save Some Toil
In the mood for some tender grilled ribs or chicken legs but not in the mood to stand over the grill for hours? Instead, speed up the cooking time by boiling the meat in sweet-salty-garlicky brine. Then, just grill for a few minutes to give your food a smoky char.
Plan for Leftovers
Once the grill is lit, don’t waste a bit of that precious smoke and sizzle. Grill some food for tomorrow, too. Nobody will complain about leftovers when they take the form of a grilled chicken burrito bowl for lunch, or a dinner of steak quesadillas or salmon-and-shrimp Nicoise salad.
Skillet? Grill It!
Cast-iron skillets are perfect for cooking over the fire. They can withstand the flames, they hold and distribute heat beautifully, and a properly seasoned skillet is nonstick, too. This is an ideal way to cook vegetables so they don’t fall through the grill, as well as delicate items like fish.
Bacon (and Lemons) on the Barbie
You've heard of putting shrimp on the barbie, but did you ever think about laying down some lemon slices (edible, rind and all) and thick rashers of bacon right alongside them? This blissful combination takes surf and turf to the next level.
As soon as the last burger comes off the grill, clean those grates while they're still warm. Simply wad up a ball of aluminum foil, grab it with your grilling tongs, and rub it across the grill. The burnt-on food will slide right off.
Fire Up Your Mornings
Earn your grillmaster bona fides by cooking your breakfast (or brunch) over the flames. Sizzle up a skillet full of hash and eggs, or grill some homemade sausage patties alongside some skillet cornbread.