This may be the most important rule for you to follow to enjoy flavorful food off the grill: marinate your meat! At least a day before you grill you should marinate the meat you plan to cook to pack in flavor. This also minimizes the presence of cancer causing bacteria. Also, the leaner the cut of meat you choose the less likely fat drips into your grill further igniting flames. This will eliminate flames directly touching your meats and burning them on the outside. Don’t shy away from vegetables on the grill. A ripe vegetable brushed with some EVOO will be packed with flavor.
To keep your food from sticking, lightly oil your grilling rack using a paper towel. After removing your food brush off debris with a grill brush (sears.com $6.99).
You may want to keep with the whole “Go Green” movement going but the truth of the matter is owning a charcoal grill in NYC is more realistic than owning a gas grill. To reduce emissions from charcoal, try burning charred wood instead. Using a chimney starter (walmart.com $16.99) is also cleaner and healthier in that it eliminates the need for lighter fluid.
In the mood for Bar-be-que? Be sure that when adding your sauces to your meat that you add it close to the time you’ll be removing it from the grill. As most sauces are sugar based, they are known to burn quickly.
Have a tasty summer!