Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tip-Off Thursday - Grill That Shizz!

Step outside on a beautiful summer evening and it’s quite possible that your senses will be flooded with the delicious fragrance of charcoal, wood, and smoked goodness. There’s a sweet and tangy decadence that follows and suddenly your stomach starts demanding you find out where it’s coming from and make friends with such delectable scents. Knowing full well how strange it would be to actually do that, you opt to jump in your car, grab a few things from your local market, and then message your friends to meet you at a specific time and place to partake in the summer fun.

While I could add some of my favorite grill items to this piece, I simply want to share a few tricks I’ve learned to help you make the most out of your experience.

- Get a meat thermometer.  

Nothing screams “first-world-problem” like an overcooked piece of meat. There are other things to remember, such as making sure your meat is dry before cooking, and knowing where the hot spots are on your grill to make sure you get an even cook, but the key to all of it is cooking it to that oh, so perfect temperature. Once it’s there, you make sure to let that thing rest so it has a chance to simmer down before being consumed!

- When cooking with charcoal, spent the 15 bucks on a chiminea to pre-heat the coals.

This helps avoid those pesky hot spots by giving a more even heat to the coals. Trust me, you’ll be so glad you did this.

- Use Tin Foil

This is a great way to prevent toxic carcinogens from infiltrating your delicious food. It’s also great for steaming veggies. You can always use a veggie tray to keep them from falling in the flames, but if you’re looking for a good steamed array of broccollini and mushrooms, try wrapping them in some foil with a little coconut oil, salt, and maybe even throw a lemon slice on top and bam - deliciously steamed veggies, minus the harmful junk.

Find a yummylicious dessert recipe to cook besides smores

I’m serious. Smores are fun, but there are banana boats, chocolate fondues, grilled apples with many delicious options. Grills are not just for meat and veggies. Get out of your box, get on pinterest, or google, and find some delicious after dinner treat to add to your grill time.

I’d love to see some of your grill posts. Got an awesome recipe? Had a fun experience with your friends? Feel free to share in the comments below. Maybe I can feature you sometimes. ;)

Until next time,

Take care of your hearts & ears,

~Listen With Your Heart~

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