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10 Tips For a Successful Barbecue

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  1. Burgers and hot dogs are summertime classics, but why not try adding different proteins to your menu? Skinless chicken breast is a cinch to grill on skewers as kabobs with a quick marinade. 
  2. Let raw meats come close to room temperature before grilling.  This will create a more evenly cooked piece of meat.
  3. A good rub is a grill chef’s best friend. Rubs seal in flavor, form a tasty crust, add color, and have a long shelf life. They’re also easy to use.
  4. When grilling meat, let it form a crust on the outside. Resist turning or flipping until it easily pulls off grates. If it is sticking, let it cook for another couple of minutes. Don’t press on the meats with a spatula, doing so will release delicious juices.
  5. Remember to rest any meats after grilling for at least a few minutes to allow the natural juices to settle.  Because of this, you will want to slightly undercook the meat as it will continue to cook while it rests.
  6. When grilling vegetables, use skewers so that veggies don’t fall through the grates.
  7. For summer entertaining, don’t be afraid to add fruits and veggies to the grill!  You can grill an entire meal right on the grill if you plan it right!
  8. Make sure to pair the oil with the right temperature of heat you are using for what you are cooking.  For example, using avocado oil in a marinade for higher temperature cooking vs. olive oil for a medium-medium low temperature.
  9. Filling your plate with foods that cover a range of colors is an easy way to ensure you’re getting a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Grilled red peppers and juicy watermelon contain cancer-fighting nutrients, while green fruits and veggies such as salad greens and cabbage (the key ingredient in coleslaw) contain anti-inflammatory nutrients that support a healthy heart.
  10. Forgo mayonnaise-based sides and offer fiber-rich options instead such as bean or veggie-based salads. A salad made with black beans, fresh corn, diced avocado and cherry tomatoes is a healthy fat and fiber-rich side that can be made ahead of time and enjoyed with a sprinkle of olive oil and lime juice.

Plus: You Don’t Have to Forget Dessert! Fresh fruit such as peaches, pineapple and watermelon take on a whole new flavor when grilled.


Tips courtesy of Pereg, Shoprite, and Leigh Ann Chatagnier

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