Grilling season is upon us, and whether you are a grilling novice or a certified grill master, these tools and tips will set you up for delicious success.
Grilling has always been a summer staple in my family and by far, charcoal grilling has become the favorite. Although firing up the gas grill has fewer steps, charcoal grilling packs a flavorful punch. If you have a little extra time on your hands, learning to use a charcoal grill can take your food from special to spectacular. Check out a few of my grilling essentials.
Flavorful Marinades and Seasonings
A flavorful marinade is one of the most important grilling steps. I like to marinate meat and veggies for a couple of hours before I am ready to grill. One of my go to simple marinades uses kosher salt, cracked black pepper, red pepper flakes, Simply Beyond Garlic Spray-On Herbs®, Basil Spray-On Herbs®, fresh lemon juice, and olive oil. It is easy to put together and goes well with vegetable kabobs, a whole butterflied chicken, steak, and fish.
If you don’t have time for a traditional garlic and herbs seasoning marinade, try a blend of Simply Beyond Spray-On Herbs®. The combination of rosemary, thyme, and garlic is a classic for a reason. Just a couple of sprays each will give you a meal packed with flavor.
Charcoal Grill and Chimney
A charcoal grill might be a little intimidating if you are new to grilling, but it is easier than you may think. The result is absolutely worth the extra steps. One simple step that makes for some fantastic tasting BBQ is using a charcoal chimney. A charcoal chimney starter heats up the charcoal without using lighter fluid, which can be toxic if not burned off completely. There is nothing worse than biting into a juicy grilled steak only for it to taste like chemicals.
Zesty Side Dishes
Often in grilling, the emphasis is placed on a main meat dish. As much as I like a beautifully grilled ribeye, the sides are equally important. Instead of accompanying meat with heavy sides, I find that light refreshing sides are more well received. They complement the rich meat sides and do not leave you feeling overly full or sluggish.
Pair a ribeye with a fresh tomato and red onion salad dressed in Simply Beyond Organic Pomegranate Fruit Vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Mix up a spicy mango avocado salsa with jalapenos, Simply Beyond Cilantro Spray-On Herbs®, Cranberry Organic Fruit Vinegar, salt, and pepper.
Ditch the mayo in your potato salad. Toss together your potatoes with Simply Beyond Cranberry Organic Fruit Vinegar, grainy mustard, olive oil, Garlic Spray-On Herbs®, and Thyme Spray-On Herbs®.
This one is kind of a given, but completely necessary. A grill brush allows you to quickly remove residue from your grill grates. A clean grill grate will ensure your food will be free of heavy charred bits from previous grill sessions and helps reduce sticking. For instance, a nice piece of salmon should not stick to a thoroughly cleaned, hot grate. However, if the grate has residue and isn’t hot enough, the salmon could fall apart.
Digital Instant Read Thermometer
A digital thermometer is the perfect tool for checking the doneness of meat. There are a variety of these on the market to match all price points. I like to choose a thermometer with a digital readout. They are accurate and easier to read than a traditional dial face thermometer. When feeding a large group, meat temperature can be a concern. The more food you are making, the greater the chance that a piece of chicken or steak might be underdone. A thermometer will give you peace of mind when serving guests.
Don’t forget to finish your grilled creations with some Simply Beyond Spray-On Herbs®. I find myself reaching for the Garlic and Basil for an Italian inspired chicken dinner. All you need is a little spritz for a flavorful impact. No need to spend time chopping fresh herbs to garnish. After all, we wouldn’t want to keep our hungry friends and family waiting.
Now you have the tools you need to make this grilling season the best one yet. Happy grilling! 🙂