Summer Grilling Guide for your new home

With its picturesque setting, your new St. George Home’s backyard provides the perfect backdrop for barbecuing. Here’s your summer grilling guide.

Make sure your grill is far enough away from your home and keep a fire extinguisher close. To avoid over-charring and having your previous meal as an unwanted seasoning, clean your grill before turning it on. Clean the grates with a grill brush, empty out your grill pans and empty out the inside to get rid of debris. Apply non-stick spray to avoid food sticking to your grill before firing it up.

The more you check on your food the more the temperature goes down. Keep the grill covered to maintain optimal temperature. And don’t become the flip master because your meats only need to be flipped once.

Loin and round select cuts of meat are grilling friendly. Instead of prime grades of meat, go for select or choice grades of beef. Trim excess fat from your meats because it’s healthier and reduces grease from spraying and juices dripping into the grill causing it to smoke up.

A common grilling mistake is putting your food on too early. Allow your grill to warm up. It takes about 30 minutes when you’re using coal or wood. Though gas grills don’t take as long, make sure it’s warm enough. To ensure your meats will cook evenly, allow your meats to get to room temperature inside your home before putting it on the grill.

Grilled eggplant slices or Portobello mushrooms are great substitutes for burgers. Toast your buns and dress it up with roasted vegetables, caramelized onions, avocados and other toppings of your liking. Use a vegetable grilling basket or wrap your veggies in aluminum foil, venting just a tad for air to flow. Grilled fruits, like pineapples or tomatoes, go well with pork chops, chicken or salads. A heat thermometer is suggested to make sure your food isn’t undercooked or overcooked.

This guide should help you have a great grilling season. Happy barbecuing and have a wonderful summer.

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