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End Of Summer Grilling Tips

Although summer is coming to an end, the weather is still perfect for outdoor grilling. Whether you’re grilling to say goodbye to summer or take advantage of the beautiful weather, make the most of your grill with the smart grilling tips.

  • Control The Temperature

Temperature plays an important role in food safety, especially when you’re outside with elevated temperatures. That’s precisely why when you’re grilling, a meat thermometer is a necessity. It is the most accurate way to control temperature and ensure you don’t give your guests food poisoning.

  • Never Run Out Of Gas

Here’s a smart tip to determine propane levels. Take a pitcher of hot water and slowly pour it over the top of your propane tank. The hot water will warm the metal where the tank is empty, while the metal next to the liquid propane will stay cold. You can feel for the level where the hot meets cold and determine whether or not it’s time to stock up.

  • Clean Your Grill Grates

Keep your grill grates clean to avoid the nasty flavor of burnt grease. Turn up the heat and burn off as much grease as possible, and remember to tend to the underside of the grill grates as well. For a cheap and safe DIY grill scraper, use a wadded up piece of aluminum foil.

  • Dimple You Burgers

If you’re looking for perfectly done burgers, dimple them. Form the burgers to your preferred thickness and then make a deep depression in the center with your thumb. Because burgers tend to puff up under heat, the dimple prevents uneven cooking and raw centers.

  • Grill Perfect Chicken Breasts

To avoid unevenly cooked chicken breasts, the trick is to pound the chicken breast flat first to eliminate the troublesome teardrop shape. But remember to cover the meat with plastic wrap before pounding to prevent raw juices from splattering.

  • Dry Your Meat

Moisture on the surface of meat creates steam and prevents browning. If you are not marinating your meat, pat the food dry before placing it on the grill. Then apply a fine coat of oil to promote browning.

  • Double Up On Tools

To prevent contaminating your cooked meat with raw juices, designate one tool for raw meat and the other for cooked.

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Fun Facts About Grilling

Did you know May is National Barbecue Month? Here are some fun facts about barbecuing courtesy of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA). A 20-minute online study on barbecue lifestyle, usage and attitude surveyed 1,145 participants (at least 18 years old) in the U.S. who considered themselves the primary griller or shared grilling responsibilities. Here’s what they found:

  • If you own a grill or smoker, you are among 75% of U.S. adults.
  • In descending popularity, most households own a gas grill (62%), then a charcoal grill (53%), then an electric grill (12%). Only 2% own a wood pellet grill and about 8% are thinking of buying a grill this year.
  • Can you guess which holiday is the most popular for barbecuing? Independence Day takes the lead with 76%, while Labor Day and Memorial Day are tied for second place with 62% respectively. Lastly, there’s Father’s Day with 49% and Mother’s Day with 34%.
  • Why do you barbecue? Most people say it’s to improve the flavor of the food (71%), while others do it for personal enjoyment (54%) and for entertaining guests (42%).
  • Basic grilling tools, like a cleaning brush, tongs, and gloves/mitts, are possessed by half of grill owners. Popular and new accessories include pizza stones, broiling baskets, and cooking planks.
  • Did you know only 10% of grill owners have a backyard kitchen, equipped with premium furniture and lighting?
  • Have you ever prepared your breakfast on the grill? About 11% of grill owners have.
  • Grilling isn’t limited to the home – 31% of grill owners have grilled someplace other than their homes this year, with 24% of them having grilled while camping.
  • About 45% of non-grill owners have plans to purchase a new grill or smoker this year, while about 30% of grill owners plan to grill more often.

Do any of these findings surprise you? Where do fall in these categories? Share your barbecue experiences and tips with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You can also connect with us on Instagram, Vine, and Pinterest.

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