Saturday, July 25, 2009

What Type of Grill?

The two most common grill types to choose from are Charcoal and Gas but don't forget about Electric and Indoor Electric grills.

What is the difference?

Charcoal Grill Pros:
*Pure charcoal flavor
*Generally less expensive than gas grills

Charcoal Grill Cons:
*Starting the fire may be a challenge
*Tends to be messier and requires more attention than gas grills

Gas Grill Pros:
*Don't require charcoal and are quick to start
*Feature accurate heat controls and tend to cook food more evenly

Gas Grill Cons:
*Typically more expensive than charcoal grills
*Foods get their flavor from smoke instead of charcoal

Electric Grill Pros:
*A great option for apartment and condo dwellers for whom charcoal or gas grills are prohibited.
*A thermostat controls the heat

Electric Grill Cons:
*Need an electrical outlet, so you don't have the mobility of other grills.
*Foods don't have live-fire flavor

Source: Betty Crocker 'Sizzling Grilling'

Friday, July 24, 2009

Marinating Tips

*Marinades and rubs are two terrific ways to add big flavors to food while grilling and they couldn't be easier to use. Give the meat or fish a quick rubdown with marinade or rub before cooking and let it sit and absorb the flavors.

*Marinate foods in the refrigerator, not on the kitchen counter (unless for 30 minutes or less).

*Use a nonmetal container.

*The same brush used for brushing marinades on raw meat should not be used on cooked meat. Either have two on hand or wash the brush in hot, soapy water, and dry thoroughly before using again.

*If a marinade in which raw meat was placed is to be used as a sauce after meat is cooked, be sure to bring the marinade to boiling and then boil 1 minute before serving.

*There are plenty of marinades available at the grocery store or you can make your own.

Source:Betty Crocker 'Sizzling Grilling'

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Welcome to my new blog. I'm glad you stopped by, really, but I'm not going to start posting my grilling experiences, tips, and recipes for a little while. I'm busy gathering the best recipes and tips and once school is out, we'll fire up the grill and share.

Check back in June!