#1. Use Marinades Marinades are a great way to add mouthwatering flavor without too much hassle. Experiment with ingredients – garlic, chilies, lemon, or thyme. You are only limited by your imagination. If you’re creating your own marinade from scratch, follow this basic ratio: 1.One part acid vinegar, citrus juice, even yogurt 2.One part oil any of our infused culinary oils 3.One part aromatics herbs and spices 4.Salt and sugar to taste #2. Ditch the Additives As tempting as it is to use lighter fluid to speed up the process, you’ll be better off without it. Lighter fluid can release volatile chemicals into the air as well as leave an unpleasant residue on food. And we won’t even mention its potential safety risk. We also suggest trying additive-free lump charcoal instead of briquettes, which can contain everything from sawdust and paraffin to sodium nitrate and borax. Lump charcoal is just charred wood – it doesn’t get much simpler than that. #3. Prep Your Grilling Surface The best way to get a well-seared steak that won’t stick starts with a clean, hot, and seasoned grill. Here’s our three step process: 1.Heat it up Preheat your grill 15 to 25 minutes before you start. It will help kill bacteria as well as sear foods on contact. 2.Clean it up Remove any debris left over from previous cooking sessions. A wire brush or wad of aluminum foil held with tongs work well. It’s easier to remove charred debris when the grill is hot, but as always, be careful. 3.Oil it up Reduce sticking by seasoning your grilling area just before you put the food on. Soak a paper towel with oil, grasping it with tongs, and rub the towel over the grill rack. With these tips in mind, we hope you’ll have an entertaining and delicious grilling season ahead!