Grilling Tips to Help That BBQ Cooking Last Through the Winter
Grill enthusiasts might feel a bit down during the winter months. The grill is in storage and the chance to enjoy the succulent flavor of barbecued meat is months away. Or is it? You don’t have to wait for a warm sunny day to give you the green light to grill. Here are a few grilling tips to help you make delicious grilled dishes right in your own kitchen all winter long.
- Pick Out a Grill Pan
The most important indoor grilling tip is to choose a high-quality cast-iron grill pan. Cast iron holds heat extremely well and the ridges give your food great-looking grill marks. Just make sure you pre-season your grill pan before use. To do so, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Then, rub some canola or vegetable oil in the pan using a clean cloth or paper towel. Place the oiled pan in the oven for 30 minutes. Then, turn off the oven and let the pan sit in the oven until it’s completely cool.
- Get the Essential Utensils
You really only need a few items to grill well: Tongs to flip steaks, chicken, shellfish, and vegetables. A heavy-duty spatula to flip burgers and delicate fish fillets. Pastry brushes to brush oil, glazes, and barbecue sauces. A grill brush to keep your grill clean.
- Raise Your Grill
Mark Game Those cool, restaurant-style crosshatches on grilled meats and veggies are easy to pull off: Place food on the grill pan at a 45-degree angle to the ridges for about 2 to 3 minutes, then pick rotate the food 90 degree, and place the same side down on the grill pan so the ridges now run at a 45-degree angle in the opposite direction. Continue grilling for another 2 to 3 minutes. When it’s time, simply flip it over—there's no need to create the marks on the other side since it will be face down on the plate.
- Control the Smoke
It’s much easier for smoke from a grill to dissipate when you’re outside. Inside, you have to make sure you keep smoke levels down. Whenever you use your indoor grill, only use oil on your food, not the pan itself. Using too much oil will create smoke, so be judicious in how much you use. Also, if you have a range hood, make sure it’s turned on and it’s been properly cleaned for best performance.
- Fake It ‘til You Make It
It can be hard to get that sought-after woodsy, smoky flavor from an indoor grill pan. But you can buy or make barbeque sauces, glazes, and spice rubs that come close. Keep trying until you find one you like.
- Monitor Your Marinades
Marinating meats is a great way to add flavor to your indoor barbecue. But remember that most marinades have an acidic element like lemon juice or vinegar. These acids can toughen meat if left on too long. Marinate fish for no more than 20 minutes. Chicken and beef shouldn’t be marinated for more than 2 hours.
- Choose the Right Foods
The best foods to barbecue indoors are burgers, hot dogs, boneless chicken breasts, steaks, fish fillets, and shrimp. Avoid larger cuts of meats that would need to be covered, like pork shoulders, prime ribs, or whole chicken. Also, avoid very fatty meats such as duck breast that can splatter and cause extra smoke.
- Track the Temperature
This grilling tip is for food safety as well as best flavor. The best way to tell when meat is done is to use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature. The USDA recommends you cook meats until the internal temperature reaches 150 to 170 degrees depending on how well-done you like your meats.
- Give It a Rest
One of the best, but not so well-known grilling tips is to remove meat from the grill pan when it is about 5 degrees below the desired internal temperature, then let it rest under loosely tented foil for 10 to 15 minutes. The temperature of the meat will rise about 5 degrees while it rests, and the juices will redistribute to give you a moist and flavorful piece of meat or fish.
It may be cold outside, but with these grilling tips it’ll feel like summer in your kitchen. Cook up an indoor barbecue and then invite friends and family over for a bug-free, sweat-free barbeque.
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