Grilling Tips - extravaGONZO

Grilling Tips

Three tips to make you the top griller in the neighborhood.

#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!