What You Need To Know Before Breaking Out The Grill For Father’s Day
If you’ve got a Dad in your life, chances are really good you’re going to be grilling this weekend. A new survey found 49% of all people will grill this Father’s Day, which actually makes it the 4th biggest grilling day of the year behind July 4th, Memorial Day, and Labor Day. But, before you fire up the grill, there are some things you need to know:
#1.) Trim the fat-Fat burns really fast, and if there’s too much of it, it makes the meat charred and crispy. Trim it down so there’s only about a quarter-inch of fat on the edges. It’ll also keep the grease from dripping and causing flame-ups.
#2.) Marinate more- Most people don’t marinate long enough. To do it right, soak the meat in a marinade for 12 to 24 hours, and keep it in the refrigerator. Use one to two cups of marinade for every one-and-a-half to two pounds of meat.
#3.) Oil the grill- It’ll keep the meat from sticking, and it won’t be such a big deal to clean the grill when you’re done. Just take a brush and spread olive oil evenly over the entire grilling surface.
#4.) If you’re out of lighter fluid, use salad dressing- I’ve never tried this, but supposedly it works. If you pour salad dressing over the charcoal, the oil should act as an accelerant. Now, I don’t know what type of salad dressing to use, but I’m assuming that Italian will probably work better than blue cheese.
#5.) Turn up the heat- If you have a gas grill, set it to “high” when you first put the meat on. It’ll seal the outer layer and trap the juices. Just don’t forget to turn it back down after a few minutes or it’ll burn the meat.
#6.) Increase humidity- To keep the meat moist while you cook it, put a pan of water or even an open can of beer next to the grill. It doesn’t seem like it would make a difference, but it keeps the air around the grill more humid.
#7.) Don’t mess with the meat- Once it’s on the grill, leave it alone until you’re ready to flip it. Ideally, you should only flip it once. And pushing down on it with a spatula or stabbing it with a fork too many times dries it out.