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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Grilling with Wood Chips

Place the soaked wood chips on a large piece of heavy-duty foil.

Bring up two edges over the center of chips and fold down twice.

Fold the side edges over twice.

Poke holes in…

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How Hot Are Your Coals?

How can I judge how hot the coals in my charcoal grill are?

Cautiously hold your hand 4 inches over the coals. Start counting the number of seconds you can hold your hand in place before the…

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How Much Charcoal Do I Need?

How do I know how much charcoal to use?

It's easy to determine the number of briquettes you need…simply spread them in a single layer just a bit beyond where the food is to be cooked.…

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Marinades and Food Safety

What is the proper way to use a marinade that has come in contact with uncooked meat?

To avoid food safety problems, marinades used for raw meats should not be reused for…

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Marinate Meats in the Freezer

When unpacking groceries, I repackage any meat and poultry I’ve purchased for grilling into freezer bags, then add my favorite marinade to each bag before popping them into the freezer. Later,…

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The Best Grilled Burgers

To keep grilled burgers from drying out, be careful not to overhandle the meat before cooking. If you add seasonings to the ground beef, gently mix them in with two forks just until combined. Then…

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Tips for Grilling Steaks

Trim steaks to avoid flare-ups, leaving a thin layer of fat if desired to help maintain juiciness. Pat dry with paper towels before grilling—a dry steak will brown better than a moist…

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