10 Must-Have BBQ Tips for 4th of July!

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Are you ready to put “Grill Expert” on your resume this 4th of July? We’re not sure what kind of jobs you’ll get from that, but still – it’s a notable skill! Here are our favorite top 10 tips and a few of our favorite recipes for the ultimate 4th of July barbeque! Enjoy!

  1. Clean your grill! That might not sound very exciting, but a clean grill helps to cook food evenly, not to mention leftover foods on the grill can be hazardous to your health. Check out this expert advice from House Beautiful.
  2. Marinade rhymes with serenade, because we can’t sing its praises enough! Marinades help keep meats, poultry, and fish tender and juicy and come in a variety of flavors to complement any side dish. Whether you want to purchase pre-made bottles or make them on your own, marinades are a big secret to grilling success. Here are some of our favorite marinade recipes from Taste of Home.  
  3. Bring the meat to room temperature before placing it on the grill. Let your steaks and chops come to room temperature before placing on the grill – about 15-20 minutes, depending on the cut. This helps the meat cook evenly so your steak comes out at the temperature you intended.
  4. Don’t put the food on the grill too soon. Grilled foods need to sear to keep the juices in. If you place on the grill too soon, it runs the risk of coming out dry and tasteless.
  5. For the best results, use a food a food thermometer. Most of us either under-cook or over-cook our food, so to achieve grill mastery – take the guesswork out of it and get yourself this nifty tool. Check out these top 5 choices from Foodal. When you get really good, you’ll be able to use the touch test by judging the temperature of the meat by how it springs to the touch. Soft and spongy means rare, whereas well-done will feel firm to the touch.
  6. Let the meat rest without cutting into it for at least 5 minutes so the juices settle inside the meat. That’s not always easy when the kids are gathering around for their burger, but you’ll be glad you waited those extra few minutes for your tasty meal.
  7. Be patient. Don’t move the meat around on the grill, flipping it over several times. Let the heat sear the meat or it will stick to your grill. 
  8. It’s all in how you slice it for the perfect grilled veggie! Indulge in some grilled veggies with these great tips from Kitchn and learn how to slice, cook, and spice your favorite veggies on the grill.
  9. Learn the fine art of cooking fish. Skin on or skin off? Find out with these tried and true tips from Weber.
  10. Don’t forget to mingle with your guests! Grilling demands focus. Try to prepare as much ahead of time as possible so you can spend less time in front of the grill and more time with your guests.

Here’s a sampling of some of our favorite recipes for the ultimate 4th of July party!

From cupcakes to ribs, Martha Stewart never disappoints for a themed 4th of July party!
Or, check out these Bobby Flay classics on Food Network!
Spruce up your side dishes with these ideas from Country Living. We’re very fond of the Watermelon, Blueberry and Feta salad!

What are your ideas for this 4th of July? Share them with us at #LifeatWeidner. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

-The Weidner Team

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