Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Your grill has been hungering all winter long for the first flame-kiss of BBQ season. It is time. Lace your aprons, grab your tools and mitts, and get ready to unleash the flavor beast! Here are some tips to get you started for a great summer of backyard family fun!
Grill cleaning is imperative, especially at the start of grilling season. Read your grill’s specific manual for proper cleaning technique, and focus on the following areas: Grates, burners, inner walls, and exterior.
When cleaning your grill, use only grill/food safe cleaners, or choose a natural alternative like vinegar. Grill cleaning safety hit the news lately with the dangers of metal bristle BBQ brushes when a Connecticut woman found herself in a life threatening situation after ingesting a stray bristle. Alternative cleaning tools include the following: non-scratch sponges, nylon brushes, and balled aluminum foil.
In addition to cleaning safety, fire safety is always a concern in backyard barbecuing. Here are some general grilling safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:
1. Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
2. The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
3. Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
4. Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
5. Never leave your grill unattended.
For propane and charcoal specific tips, visit the NHPA Web site.
Watch for meat sales (especially around holidays) to stock up and freeze meats during BBQ season. You may also want to ask your local butcher if there is a time or weekday to check for markdown prices.
Stuffing burgers has become an amateur-gourmet favorite, and it also saves meat portions! Adding other meat (read bacon!), cheese, or veggies to your burger patty centers allows you to use a little less meat to make the same size (or larger) burger! Kebabs save money in a similar way, spacing smaller meat portions with other foods.
Adding flavor to meat is actually pretty easy, especially if you have time to let it soak-in over night! Save on expensive rubs by experimenting with flavors in your own kitchen! Save even more if you have an herb garden to cut from!
While burgers and hotdogs are barbecue favorites, they are not the only entree foods your grill can cook! Grill some brown rice stuffed peppers, make grilled eggplant parmesan, or grill a pizza! Possibilities are endless!
If you are using a propane grill, you may be able to save money by refilling rather than replacing. Check with your propane supplier for this cost-saving option.
Add some freshness to your barbecue by incorporating local, New Hampshire foods in your recipes. Visit a NH pick-your-own farm for crisp, ripe fruits and veggies, and check out a local NH farmers market for produce, meats, drinks, and more!
There is no denying it; bacon is still a reigning champ in barbecue trends, but spices like sriracha and fruits are making headway as well. Try one of these delicious grill recipes, and find more on our BBQ Season in NH: Grilling Trends & Recipes pinboard on Pinterest.
Lawn games can turn a great party into the best-ever backyard bash! Here are some DIY games to employ at your next family gathering. Find these and more on our Backyard BBQ Games pinboard on Pinterest.