Get your grill on this summer and do it with ease! These grilling tips will make a backyard dinner as easy (and tasty) as pie!
Cooking on a grill is a little different from standing over your stove top. For some, it’s quite intimidating — but it doesn’t have to be! The fab chefs of ABC’s The Chew certainly know their way around a grill, and you’re invited to their party.
In the video clip above, watch our favorite chefs lay out quick-and-easy grilling tips that are sure to help you make your next BBQ go off without a hitch. Chef Michael Simon with his hometown pride gives a step-by-step for his famous Cleveland marinade. Want to create a smokey flavor to your at home BBQ? His tip is marinading wood chips overnight, wrapping them in foil and throwing them on the grill alongside your meat. You’ll feel like you’re in the south when biting into his flavorful chicken.
For even more tricks of the trade, check out the recipes below from some of our favorite food bloggers.
Trust us, foil is your friend (just ask chef Michael Simon!) — especially when you’re grilling. In the kitchen, you use it to line pans and cover dishes, but on the grill, foil is transformed into a dish of its own. Food wrapped in a foil packet cooks quickly and stays juicy and delicious.
Blogger Jen over at The Scrumptious Pumpkin uses foil packets to cook delicate fish to perfection — not an easy task on a grill! Fish sealed in with summer vegetables and seasonings makes a perfect dish — no need to dirty a plate!
Desi from SteakNPotatoesKindaGurl uses foil packets to cook chicken wings. Using this method, you don’t have to worry about the tiny wings falling between the grates, and they still get a little char — as they’d get if they were cooked directly on the grill.
Use anything you have on hand to make “hobo” dinners, as Adam from The Unorthodox Epicure does. Any meats and veggies you have on hand can be combined and cooked over a grill to create a delicious, easy dinner that caters to each diner’s tastes.
Chunks of meat and cut-up veggies both cook best when stacked on skewers. It’s easier to keep them in place, and you don’t run the risk of losing them between the grates. Take a cue from the bloggers over at Everyday Southwest and cook your meat and veggies on separate skewers. The two combined look pretty on your plate, but when you cook them apart, it’s easier to make sure each skewer is cooked to perfection.
Grills aren’t just for cooking meat. Vegetables do great on the grill as well, but some — like potatoes — take a long time to cook. To speed up the process, cook them beforehand in the microwave, as does Lisa from Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish. She cooks her potatoes in the microwave until they’re almost done. Then she slices and seasons them, and, finally, she finishes them on the grill to add a crispy outer shell. If you’re not big on the microwave, this precooking step can also be done by boiling.
The right tools
Sometimes, you need more than just a grill to get the job done. Pans and skillets aren’t just for the stove top, but you’ll need tools designed especially for the grill. Ali at Gimme Some Oven uses a grill skillet to cook chopped veggies to perfection over the grill. Mix a little oil and seasoning with the veggies, and you’ve got a tasty side dish in to time at all.
Bigger vegetables can be cooked right on the grill, but smaller vegetables can also be cooked on a grill pan. They’ll still get grill marks, but they’re secure on the pan. Ann, who blogs at Thibeault’s Table, used a grill pan for green beans and sliced zucchini.
Grilling is a fun outside activity that can bring the entire family together in helping to prep a yummy summer meal. If you loved the marinade recipe or wood chip idea, there’s more where that came from! Don’t forget to tune in to The Chew weekdays at 1e|12p|c on ABC to find other recipes your family will delight in this summer.
What’s your favorite food to cook on the grill?