Barbequed Steaks, Burgers, Sausages & skewers are so utterly delicious, but only when they have been grilled thoroughly and with the right amount of heat. How do you ensure this? Here are some great BBQ tips to help you out. Follow these suggested cooking times to get the perfect results.
Clean the grill
Cleaning your grill is highly recommended; do it thoroughly making sure that there are no particles left over from the last time you barbequed. Now when you cook, the taste will be much better and you will reduce the risk of flare-ups that can burn the meat without cooking it properly.
Check the fuel level
If you are using gas, then make sure there is plenty in the tank to last throughout your cooking time. If you are using a charcoal grills, use a chimney starter. This warms up the coal quickly; plus, your food won’t have that slight gasoline taste anymore.
Figure out if direct or indirect heat is more appropriate
Create a separate zone for both. If the meat piece is big, then you may want to heat it indirectly so that it cooks well without getting burnt or dried up.
Make sure the food is at room temperature
Before cooking your food, let it cool down to room temperature. This ensures a more even cooking, which leads to a better taste.
Preheat the grill
When you have cleaned your grill, coat the cooking surface with a layer of oil. Close the cover, set the heat to low for around 15 to 20 minutes.
Watch the heat
Heat temperatures should be set according to what you are cooking, but generally, you should avoid setting them too high because it blackens the food and dries it up. Initially, you may set the heat to high, but then turn it down to medium or low when grilling.
Sear the meat
Avoid flipping and turning your meat unnecessarily. Instead, let it sear so that moisture is locked in effectively. Keep in mind that the more you turn the meat, the drier it would become. We suggest that you should do it only once or twice at the most.
Avoid poking or pricking
Yes, this does give you an idea of how much longer you should let the food remain on the grill. But doing too much of it will rob the food from its moisture and lower the taste quality. Not to forget that it even spoils the appearance.
Follow the suggested cooking times
Cooking times vary with the dish, weight and method that you choose. If you are using the direct method for grilling steaks, then do it for around 5 to 6 minutes for each side. For rib roast, the appropriate cooking time is around 55 minutes if the weight is between 1.5 kg to 2 kg. Boneless cubes like on skewers require 5 to 6 minutes, and ground beef patties take 4 to 5 minutes per side.
Allow red meat to rest
If you grilled red meat, let it rest before consuming it. This allows it to settle down, ensuring an optimal taste.