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Avoid These Common Summer Grilling Mistakes

Summer is undoubtedly the season for grilling. Cooking outside in the summer sun is one of the few summer activities where we don’t seem to mind the heat. But how many people are making mistakes at their grill? Let’s take a look at some of these common grilling mistakes and how you can avoid them.

Forgetting to Prep

Grilling food may seem like a quick and easy way to make meals, but many people seem to forget to prep their food. Before starting up your grill, make sure you have all of your food prepared and ready to go. Prepping all of your food, from your vegetables to your sauces, will allow you to watch the food and save you from burning the items on the grill.

Using Poor Tools

Not using the right tools for your grill is a very common mistake people make. Rusted or warped tools is one of the biggest mistakes you could be making when it comes time to grill. Choosing the right tools is extremely important and is one of the biggest steps toward having a successfully grilled meal. You should make sure you have the right equipment made out of the right materials. You will need long-handled tongs, a strong grill brush, and a chef’s spatula all made out of stainless steel so it will hold up in the heat of the grill. Make sure to check your tools regularly for damage.

Using a Dirty Grill

How often do you clean your grill? If the answer is less than every time you use it, you are making a horrible mistake. Every time you use your grill, you should be cleaning the grate before and after its use. This is the simple task of scraping off the grids, check the grease tray, and making sure the sear plates are clear to work with. This process should take you about 10 to 15 minutes and could help prevent flare-ups and make you food taste better.

Preheating the Grill

Many people put their food on the grill without taking the time for it to heat up. When you preheat the grill, make sure to wait at least 15 minutes before grilling. If you are using a charcoal grill, wait at least 20 minutes for the coals to heat up.

Smothering in Sauce

Everyone loves a good rub on their meat or even a thick and smoky sauce. But make sure not to drown the food in sauce. Putting the sauce on too thick and early can cause it to burn and taste bitter. Use a basting brush and only apply a small amount of sauce at a time. You’ll want to apply the sauce right before the food is done to prevent the sugars from caramelizing and burning.

Avoid These Summer Grilling Mistakes with Hearn Kirkwood

Hearn Kirkwood is a privately held Food Service Distributor specializing in produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and fresh seafood. We purchase 90% of our fresh produce direct from California, Florida, Texas, etc. with the balance supplied by local markets. We are located within one mile of Route 295 and I95 providing us with easy access to Baltimore, Washington, and Virginia.

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