It’s summer time and that means more quality time with family spent outdoors! I have to say that’s probably my favorite thing about summer. I love the warm weather and spending time outdoors grilling with the family. Recently I actually happened to come across some great BBQ tips from National Champion Pit Master Mike Davis, a smokin’ master, that I thought would be worth passing along to all those who love grilling and being outdoors as much as I do this time of year:
Mike’s BBQ Tips
* When cooking larger cuts of meat, always use an indirect heat as a source. Using the direct heat method will char the outside of the meat without allowing the inside to cook properly.
* When grilling, use a “smoker” box of aromatic hardwoods such as mesquite, hickory or pecan to give that distinctive wood smoked flavor.
* Use olive oil or any other cooking oil to coat the surface of vegetables to add crispness and to hold on spices and seasonings.
* Using a spray or baste during cooking will help keep the meat moist and flavorful and will help to keep the meat from drying out during the cooking process.
* A mustard slather can be used to thoroughly coat the meat to help hold spices and seasonings in place during preparation.
* Pay careful attention to pork and poultry when grilling, you must make sure both meats are properly cooked through.
* Always grill in a well ventilated area, away from eaves and overhangs that can trap toxic fumes.
* Just like I prepare for my competitions, frequent heartburn sufferers should come prepared to enjoy the foods you love and start your 14-day course of Prilosec OTC in advance of your BBQ event.