The art of grilling is a fairly simple in concept, but much harder in application. In theory, you simply have to place your meats and veggies on the grill and remove them once they are cooked; however, creating a perfectly cooked meal is not as simple. There are certain techniques to grilling—even a few minutes too long and you can end up with overcooked food. Get the wrong temperature control and your meal might be raw on the inside but charred on the out.
In order to prevent these things from happening, here are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure that your next backyard barbeque party serves only great tasting foods.
- Steaks – A regular ¾ thick steak is recommended to be grilled at 145 º F for about 3-4 minutes on each side. After this set it aside for 3 minutes to let the juices stay inside before eating. If you want a medium steak, you’ll need to grill it at 160 º F for 4-5 minutes at each side before consumption.
- Ribs – A popular option for many Greenville, SC homes are ribs. You can prepare this by grilling your meats at 160 º F for 10 minutes on each side and then splattering it with a generous amount of BBQ sauce.
- Pork Chops – An inch thick pork chop must be grilled at 145 º F for 5-7 minutes on each side and then set to rest for about three minutes before eating.
- Pork Tenderloins – A 2-4 lbs. tenderloin will have to be cooked in your barbeque grills at 145 º F for 15-25 minutes total.
- Patties – For grilled burgers, the patties would have to be cooked at 145 º F for 4-5 minutes on each side.
- Whole Chicken – For a whole chicken you’ll have to grill it for 15-20 minutes per pound of the chicken’s total weight.
- Shrimp – Shrimps cook really fast, remove them as soon as the flesh becomes pearly and opaque.
- Clams, and Oysters – As soon as the shell opens, you can remove them from your BBQ smokers.
- Veggies – For most veggies the recommended style of cooking is searing them in high temperatures for a short while, and then moving them to a cooler part of the grill. Keep in mind however that some vegetables cook faster than others.
In order to get the best grilling experience make sure that you are using top-quality grills like those provided by Buchanan Fire and Outdoor. A bad quality grill will also affect the quality and taste of the food, so if you wish to impress your friends and relatives with your grilling skills, be sure to have the best equipment only.
(Grilling Food Safely, University of Minnesota)
(Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures, foodsafety.gov)Posted by: Buchanan