#TastyTuesday: Grilling Myths & Mistakes With @ForkReporter

posted by Blake Doan -

It is grilling season!!!

But, do you know what you're doing?

You might, or you might not.

Thank goodness @ForkReporter is here to break down common grilling myths and mistakes!

Let's start with the myths:

  1. Clear means you're clear - Don't assume your chicken is fully cooked just because the juices are clear.  Always check the temperature.
  2. Always oil - Oiling isn't the myth.  Oiling the grill is.  That won't keep the meat from sticking.  Oiling the meat is what you want to do.
  3. Marinades are key - Actually, when dealing with certain cuts, marinades can cause problems with the cooking process.  Consider rubs and spices.
  4. Don't lift the lid - Lifting the lid doesn't really add to the cook time.  So, if you're opening it up to baste or something, lift away!
  5. Sear first - Try a reverse sear.  Cook it on indirect heat first, then sear it.  This is perfect for thicker cuts.

Now for the burger-grilling mistakes that you all make:

  1. You made your patties round - They're hard to eat and hard to cook evenly.
  2. You seasoned it early - Season it right before you grill it.  Otherwise, the salt pulls out the moisture.
  3. Your grill is dirty - You can't flip a patty if it's sticking to the grill.
  4. You're grill-focused - You can always cook your burgers in a pan on the stove.
  5. You go off of your eye - Just use a thermometer.  That was you can't get it wrong.
  6. You're a quick-fire flipper - Don't flip it too fast.  Let the meat sit and cook.

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