I am so excited to kick off the first annual Food n’ Focus Grilling week! I grill practically all year but when the summer months hit I find myself grilling 5-6 dinners each week. Using a grill can be a little intimidating at first but once you read my grilling tips below you’ll feel the same way that I do!
To start out the week I thought I would introduce you to some tips and tricks to help you grill better at home. In addition to my tips and tricks I thought today I would introduce you to my all new grill from Hamilton Beach! I was so excited when Hamilton Beach asked me to review their all new Quick Assembly Grill. You see, I’ve been grilling on a tiny little camping grill for the past number of years. It has served its purpose but it’s time to move on to bigger and better things.
The all new Quick Assembly Grill from Hamilton Beach is a beautiful grilling machine and the best part is that it goes from being in the package to being ready to cook in only 10 minutes! Take a look at how simple it is to put together:
This grill comes complete with 4 burners and a side burner so that you can spend your summer grilling everything from chicken to fish and warming your side dishes while your main course cooks.
So let’s talk about some grilling tips and tricks from Hamilton Beach:
- Before grilling, get organized and place all your ingredients and a serving plate on a tray, side shelf or nearby table. Make sure grill grids are cleaned off before starting the grill.
- Leave room around each piece of food for even cooking and smoking. Turn meat just once. When steak juices run clear, your meat is well done.
- To make the perfect grill marks, preheat your grill to 300° then place all your steaks on the grill going in the same direction. Cook 2 minutes and rotate steaks 90 degrees to create a crisscross pattern. Finish cooking the steaks to desired doneness.
- Always let large pieces of meat, thick chops or steaks “rest” or “sit” for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
- To add different flavors, put a drip pan filled with vegetables and liquid such as beer, wine or water under the meat. The drippings will drip onto the vegetables to heighten their flavor.
- Apply any sauces containing sugar, brown sugar, honey or molasses during the last 10 minutes and reduce heat to low to prevent burning.
- It’s a good idea to leave one burner off to have an area to move your food to if it starts overcooking or burning.
- Use hardwoods like apple, cherry, hickory, maple, mesquite or pecan for smoking. Hardwoods burn longer and add more flavor. Combine hardwood chips for a different smoke flavor. Write down the type of wood chips and the amounts used, so if you like the smoke flavor you can produce it again.
- Always marinate meat, poultry or seafood in a zipper-closed plastic bag or on a glass dish. When marinating, turn foods over in the plastic bag or dish for even flavoring.
- Soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes to help prevent the skewers from burning when making kabobs or foods that require wooden skewers.
These grilling tips and tricks should help you to become the perfect grill master this summer. AND I’m super excited to announce that Hamilton Beach is giving one lucky reader their very own Quick Assembly Grill to master the art of grilling. This giveaway is running all week long on Food n’ Focus so make sure that you stop by every day of extra opportunities to enter the giveaway and for some tasty grill recipes. Good luck!
This post is sponsored by Hamilton Beach. All opinions expressed are my own.