Memorial Day BBQ Tips
Memorial Day means outdoor dining for many Brownsville residents. It is as American a tradition as apple pie. We've compiled these tips to help you with grilling up a delicious meal for friends and family.
Preheat the Grill
Preheat your grill 15 to 25 minutes before you start cooking to make sure it reaches the right temperature (and to kill any bacteria). Your grill should be 400-450°F for high, 350-400°F for medium-high, 300-350°F for medium and 250-300°F for low heat. A properly heated grill sears foods on contact, keeps the insides moist and helps prevent sticking. While searing doesn't "seal in" the juices (contrary to popular belief ), it does create improved flavors through caramelization.
Clean the Grill
It's easier to remove debris when the grill is hot, so after preheating, use a long-handled wire grill brush on your grill rack to clean off charred debris from prior meals. Scrape again immediately after use.
Oil the Grill
Even on a clean grill, lean foods may stick when placed directly on the rack. Reduce sticking by oiling your hot grill rack with a vegetable oil-soaked paper towel: hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)
The best way to know if protein is fully cooked is to check its internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer.
Let it Rest
Let finished meats rest on a clean platter, tented with foil, for about 10 minutes before carving so juices can redistribute evenly.