So what if the calendar reads September? Grilling season in Southwest Florida lasts all year long! Fire up the grill and wow your friends with these helpful tips and tricks.
Grilling Like a Pro
Who better to learn from than people who grill food for a living? Here are some great tips from grilling and BBQ professionals.
Be sure to clean out any residual ashes before starting. A thick layer of ash inhibits air circulation. Steaks will grill more evenly if you bring them to room temperature before cooking. Set up direct and indirect heat zones on the grill for better control over cooking. Don't overload the grate. Leave at least one-third of the grill area open so there's room to maneuver. The principle of "10 and 2" doesn't apply only to driving and keeping your hands on the wheel. Get those beautiful cross-hatch grill marks by picturing the face of a clock. Cook meat first at 10 o'clock, then turn it to 2 o'clock. Most BBQ sauces contain a lot of sugar, so add them during the last stage of cooking to prevent burning.
Add Some Variety
Steak, chicken, burgers, hot dogs and ribs are traditional grilling favorites. Why not experiment with some unexpected foods?
Have some vegetarians on the guest list? Tofu is a nice meat substitute that benefits from the smokiness of the grill.
Take advantage of the wonderful seafood available in Florida. Toss some oysters, clams or crab on the grill and get ready for a treat.
Grilled bacon is actually a healthier option than conventionally prepared bacon. The meat isn't sitting in its own fat, so it's crispier and less greasy.