1. The Big Freeze

Save time when you're ready to make kebabs: Soak a big batch of wooden skewers, then keep them in a plastic bag in the freezer.

2. How Hot?

When preheating, if you can hold your hand 3 inches above grill grates for 4 to 5 seconds, it's medium heat. Any less, and it's medium-high or high.

3. Temp Tip

Bring large cuts of meat, such as rib eye or porterhouse steak, to room temperature before grilling so they'll cook faster and evenly.

4. Veg Out

Don't forget your vegetables! When prepping them for the grill, make wide, thin slices; you'll maximize surface area for speedy cooking and great grill marks.

5. Easy Cleanup

After you grill, scrub the warm grates with a wire brush or balled-up foil held with tongs. Burned-on bits will come right off.


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