Checking for Doneness

What's the best way to tell if grilled meat or poultry is done?

Use a thermometer to check the internal temperature of your grilled item before the recommended cooking time is up. The…

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Cleaning a Grill Rack

Don’t waste any time scrubbing your grill rack. Instead, put it in a clean plastic trash bag and spray it generously with oven cleaner. Tightly close the bag and leave it overnight. The next day,…

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Covered Grilling

When a recipe says to grill an item "covered," should it be covered with foil…or do you just put the cover on the grill?

When one of our recipes direct to grill the meat "covered,"…

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Direct vs. Indirect Heat

What is the difference between grilling over "direct" and "indirect" heat?

When using the direct grilling method, the food is cooked "directly" over an even heat source (gas or charcoal).…

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Gas or Charcoal?

Cooking times should be the same for gas or charcoal grills. When a recipe says to cook over medium coals, use the medium heat setting on your gas grill.

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Great Grilling Tips

Grilling is a wonderful way to get summer suppers sizzling. Before you head to your backyard for some fun outdoor cooking, refresh your grilling skills with these tips:

Before grilling…

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Grilling Asparagus

When grilling asparagus, use a grill rack to prevent thin spears from falling into the coals. —Cheryl Shaw, Lafayette, Indiana

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Grilling Flank Steak

To prevent the edges of flank steak from curling when broiling or grilling, I score the surface with shallow diagonal cuts, making diamond shapes. This helps tenderize the meat as well. —Lois…

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Grilling Fresh Sausages

Fresh sausages can be grilled without precooking. Turn them often and, before serving, cut one in half to be certain it’s no longer pink in the center. If you simmer sausages in water first, they…

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Grilling with Barbecue Sauce

For best results when grilling with a barbecue sauce, be sure your grill is at the proper temperature before placing the food on the grill rack. Then wait to brush on thick or sweet sauces…

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