There is nothing better on a hot Houston summer day than enjoying a nice juicy steak or delicious burger from the grill. Most of these summer meals will be mouthwateringly delicious, but for others, mishaps will arise. To avoid common mistakes, take into consideration a few tips from top chefs and cooking experts!
According to celebrity chef, Bobby Flay, “Resist the urge to constantly lift the lid….every time you do you lose smoke, which will make it less flavorful and also the temperature will go down quickly. You want to maintain a consistent temperature.”
Avoid putting the sauce on too early, BBQ sauce tends to burn quickly so it is best if you apply near the end of the process.
Worried about undercooking the food? The best way to avoid undercooked meat and the potential food poisoning is to use a thermometer. According to Emeril Lagasse, “A good thermometer is a cook’s best friend.”
“Always rest the meat after grilling and before cutting and serving. Meats continue to cook, even once they have been removed from heat. In fact, once the meat is removed from the heat it may continue to rise in temperature up another 10 percent. The meat is continuing to cook that entire time, even when removed from the heat source,” said Jan Birnbaum, chef of San Francisco’s acclaimed steakhouse, EPIC Roasthouse.
And last but not least, the most important mistake to avoid is a dirty grill. Make sure your grill is clean by heating it up and cleaning off the residue 15 minutes before you cook.
If you can remember these helpful tips, your barbecue is sure to be a summer hit!