Summer Grilling Do’s & Don’ts

 Interacting with our guests has always been one of the most enjoyable parts of my time here at Red Onion Restaurants. My hope is that this blog will give us a chance to share our cooking ideas and experiences and give you an inside look at the world of Red Onion Restaurants. Please join the conversation and post your comments below. Welcome!

Summer is still here (just ask the 90+ degree forecast), and grilling is one of my summertime favorites. Here are some of my do’s and don’ts of the grill. Remember, safety is number one. Burns don’t make anyone’s day better…


1. Keep the grill clean & oiled – scrub the hot grill with a long-handled grill brush to remove any build up. Oil the grill with a paper towel and a small amount of vegetable oil or spray. Rub the cooking surface to remove the black soot and to keep the food from sticking. Hold the paper towel with long tongs to keep from burning yourself.

2. Oil the food, too – Toss a small amount of oil on vegetables or rub it on meat to help seasoning adhere to the surface and keep it from sticking to the grill.

3. Handle raw meat with separate serving utensils and platters. Wash anything that has touched the raw meat, like cutting boards, counters, utensils, etc.

4. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds (as long as it takes to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”) with hot, soapy water. This prevents the spread of bacteria.

5. Season the meat, fish or vegetables you’re cooking liberally before cooking. Combined with the oil, it will ensure the food is flavorful and make you look like a grilling genius.


1. Use the oil very sparingly so we don’t have flare ups from the oil dripping. If there is a flare up, move the food to a different part of the grill.

2. Cook only when the grill is hot. The food will stick and not get the color you desire if the temperature is too low.

3. BUT, be careful not to over cook. Don’t forget, food continues to cook even after you remove it from the heat source. (Timing is everything!)

4. It takes longer to cook if it is cold or windy – if you can, position the grill in a place where the wind is blocked.

5. Don’t be afraid to grill anything and everything – any type of meat, any vegetables, even fruits. Make the grill work for you, not the other way around!

There’s just one month left of summer, so get out there and get grilling! Keep me posted on the new recipes you come up with!

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11 thoughts on “Summer Grilling Do’s & Don’ts

  1. DAVE – This is a great idea – glad to see the blog! Red Onion has long been my favorite restaurant – started eating there when you were up on main street. Have never had a bad meal there & have recommended your restaurant to many friends!! Thanks for giving us such a great place to eat and enjoy great food & great company!!!

  2. Thanks, Dave. I really appreciate the do’s and don’ts of grilling. The blog is a great idea – thanks for sharing your tips with me.

  3. I’ve been looking forward to this since I first heard you were starting a blog. Your posting, like your restaurants, went beyond my expectations. What a treat! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Howwwwhhow ong for a slightly pink 4 oz filet? glad to see this. How about this weather. Keeping us indorrs. Hope to see you and staff soon. Great food and Great staff both places

  5. Thanks, for the grilling iformation, I have never grilled and have been wanting to get a girll and try it my self, it’s kind of scary because I don’t want to ruin any food. By the way I love eating at the Red Onion.

  6. Bro David, I love the idea of the Blog and Jim and I love coming home to have a great salad and a great meal every chance we get. The Red Onion is just our extended family and we love you all. We will be in soon. Love Beth Maynard

  7. We love the blog! We have been long Red Onion goers and both agree that you make the best burger in town! We are long time fans and take all of our friends there, we’re always glad to see your success!

  8. The blog is a great idea. Thanks for the tips. You are, and will continue to be my favorite restaurant in Joplin.

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