Whether you prefer charcoal or gas or are just grill curious, the best way to add flavor to food in the summer is to light up your grill, crack open a beer, and add some char to whatever you’re cooking.
Having the right gear makes grilling easier and more fun. There’s nothing worse than watching a beautifully grilled piece of asparagus slip through the grate, or spend ten minutes late at night trying to use your phone’s flashlight to see if the expensive steak you bought is done only to find out it just became another briquette. Which is why everyone who loves to grill should have some good gear. The right gear lets you keep the fire under control and make sure everything is cooked just right.
IT’S NOT ARSON IF YOU’RE GRILLING
Getting the coals going on a charcoal grill can be an arduous task, especially if you don’t like the taste of lighter fluid. The most effective way we’ve found for lighting charcoal is using a chimney. There are lots of other options that require cords and small jet engines but somehow using a hair dryer to start a grill feels like cheating.
If you really want to improve the flavor of food from your charcoal grill stop using briquettes and start using hardwood lump charcoal. Lump charcoal is the closest thing we’ve found to grilling over a campfire and comes in a variety of trees like oak, hickory, and mesquite that make it easy to pick the flavor that best complements whatever you’re grilling.
KEEP IT ON THE GRILL
How often do you find yourself trying to fish cut up vegetables and other small things, that have literally fallen through the cracks, out of your grill? To make sure our food stays on top of the fire we like to use a couple of different types of grill pans.
Larger flat grill pans work well for shrimp, and other medium sized things that should be spread out across the grill; while smaller grill baskets with sides excel with smaller cut up veggies like mushrooms or green beans.
LITTLE THINGS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
Grilling is all about timing and temperature. The difference between a perfectly cooked burger and a hockey puck is a couple of minutes on a hot grill, which is why it’s so helpful to have the right tools on hand.
The first tool every grill needs is a pair of long-handled tongs that work as a fire-proof extension of your hands. We like the way these tongs have a built-in kickstand that helps keep them clean and from messing up the grill.
There are lots of things that will tell you when your food is done. In our opinion, it’s worth investing in a high-quality instant-read thermometer . Good thermometers can cost a bit of money, but after years of going through tons of cheap unreliable ones, we’ve come around to believing that every kitchen should have a quality thermometer or two.
Here at Rick’s we have a wide variety of grilling accessories. Everything from BBQ Dragons, to smoking chunks, to pizza cutters! Summer is approaching quickly, are you ready? Stop by today and check out our selection. Open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.