Sunday, May 25, 2008

Doing the 'cue?

It's Memorial Day weekend, the official start not only to summer but also to grilling season.

And, while the backyard pit has traditionally been the boys' territory (as it combines two of their favorite things: food and danger), a few simple tips are all you need to prove that girls can grill with the best of 'em:

Rule 1: Always keep your grill clean.

Rule 2: Use oil or cooking spray on your cooking grate when grilling low fat foods such as fish, skinless chicken, or vegetables. Do not apply cooking spray to a lit grill.

Rule 3: Always give yourself plenty of time. Don't leave your family and/or guests waiting. Food can always be kept warm in the oven if guests aren't quite ready when it's done.

Rule 4: Always keep an eye on what you’re grilling; no abandoning your post to socialize until the cooking's done.

Rule 5: Do not use spray bottles of water to control flare-ups. Flare-ups are caused by too much fat and too much heat. Trim excess fat and when you turn meat on the grill move it to a different part of the grill.

Rule 6: Do not add sugary or oily sauces or marinades to meat on the grill, as this causes burning.

Rule 7: Keep your grill away from anything flammable like lighter fluid, fences, your house, etc..

Rule 8: Spice up your food at least an hour before you grill; this lets the flavor sink in. If you're marinating, do it overnight.

Rule 9: Use the proper tools, not regular silverware.

Rule 10: Always make more than enough food for everyone.

Ready for a little "grills gone wild?" On your mark ... get set ... light!


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