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Barbecue Grilling Guide

There is a lot of outdoor cooking time left in the eastern Canadian fall. As the air continues to cool, your barbecue grilling cooking times will lengthen and your grilled food-to-table timing should shorten.

This may sound obvious and simplistic, but it is actually being aware and acting on the obvious that makes a great cook/chef/host. It’s a great time to review some quick and logical tips about maximizing flavour when working with heat, through this barbecue grilling guide.

  1. Source and choose fresh, juicy foods. Lots of times that means working with seasonal ingredients produced close to home.
  2. Use quality equipment and utensils. Ask for directions! Quality kitchen and outdoor kitchen stores can speak to your quality execution.
  3. Cook even-sized pieces of food.
  4. Watch, check, listen, smell, taste, think about and touch your food. Use all your senses, even your sixth sense! Replace your battered BBQ gloves with new, safe ones.
  5. Rotate/flip/circulate/stir. Maximize even heat on your BBQ grill but don’t overdo it. Work the grill like a chess game but know when to let the food BE too.
  6. Follow recipe guidelines, but do NOT follow recipes verbatim. Be flexible with temperatures and time based on the conditions of your day, ingredients and equipment.
  7. Test for doneness. Done is DONE. Done is not overdone or underdone. Find the sweet spot. 
  8. Hot food can continue to cook even after it is removed form the heat source. Factor heat and heat retention into your serving times. Have tinfoil and warm plates ready.
  9. Be organized. Organization uses your time to good advantage.
  10. Use common sense. Trust your instincts. Your BBQ is speaking to you! Your food and BBQ are giving you cues!
  11. Make the BBQ work for you. Pre-warm that BBQ to the ideal temperature but not over-hot! Moistness loves low, medium, or medium-high heat and indirect heat. Blasting BTUs are usually not your friend.
  12. You are only as good as your last BBQ cleaning. Clean it regularly.
  13. Engage and disengage. The grill-master can enjoy the party but the number one priority is the food. Set a timer…set a reminder person…set your mind to the hot BBQ even while being hospitable.
  14. Develop a repertoire of seasonings, sauces, salsas and juicy sides. Cooking classes can help here too! Trust your taste buds and create! Make-it-your-own seasonings and sides can help disguise some small barbecue grilling mistakes and elevate your cooking to a new level.

It’s a great time to review some quick and logical tips about maximizing flavour when working with heat, through this BBQ grilling guide.

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