We found a list online of mistakes you might be making on the grill. And we’ve seen some before, like don’t grill steaks while they’re still cold. They should be at room temperature. But here are five more tips that might help you out this weekend . . .
1. Don’t use too much lighter fluid. Put newspaper under the charcoal, and use THAT to get them started. Or if you have to use it, let the charcoal burn for about 30 minutes to burn it off. Otherwise your food might end up tasting like lighter fluid.
2. Make sure the grill is super hot, especially for steak. You want it to sear the outside. If you slow-cook steaks with the lid down, you basically end up steaming them, and they’ll turn out dry.
3. Don’t use direct heat all the time. Once they’re seared on the outside, move them to the edge of the grill, so they don’t get burnt.
4. Don’t move the meat around too much. Let it sit for about four minutes after you put it on. And don’t poke it or push down on it with tongs, because it makes all the juices leak out.
5. Don’t cook too many things at once. If you cook two types of meat at the same time, the flavors end up transferring. And if the entire grill is full, you won’t be able to move things to the edge of the grill when you need to.