11 grilling tips and tricks to master your backyard cook-outs

Nothing beats the taste and aroma of flame-grilled food. And if you love cooking outdoors with one of the best grills, you’ll want to master your backyard cook-outs, so you can impress your guests. While throwing on some burgers on the barbecue may seem easy, there is a skill to cooking those flavorsome feasts.

In fact, many of us have probably made these common mistakes when grilling outdoors, which will compromise the taste and quality of our food. So if you want to up your backyard cook-out game, and grill like a pro, here are 11 grilling tips and tricks you wish you’d known sooner.

1. Allow prepped meat to come to room temperature

Raw burgers on wooden boards

Raw burgers resting on wooden boards (Image credit: Shutterstock)

While we often grab our favorite meats out of the fridge, and immediately throw it on the grill, this is a no-no. Let it sit out for around 20 minutes and come to room temperature before grilling. This results in juicier meat that is more evenly cooked and flavorful.

2. Oil your grill

Oiling a grill with brush

Oiling a grill with brush (Image credit: Shutterstock)

Even if you know how to clean a grill to perfection, lean foods may stick when placed directly on the rack. To prevent ruined food, do the following: Turn on your grill so that the rack starts to heat up. Fold a paper towel into a small wad. Using a pair of tongs, dip the paper towel into a neutral oil, such as vegetable oil. Run the paper towel along the grill grates, so that they’re coated in oil. (You can also use a heat-proof brush).

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