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…

Do’s

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.

Don’ts

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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