Are you secretly a little bit clueless when you don your apron and grab the tongs? Not sure how hot is hot enough? Wondering why your burgers are dry and your chicken flavorless? Can you test for medium rare without ripping the steak in half? All these issues and more will be addressed so that you can cook with the utmost confidence.
Grilling know-how is completely accessible, too. The techniques employed even by the world's foremost masters employ are simple and attainable. All you need is a little orientation and know-how. And you can get started right here.
Whether you're looking to figure out what to cook, or what type of model, you're in the right place. Read on, hungry friends, and fasten your taste buds. This is where your epic foray into flavor begins.
We know you rightfully consider yourself a summertime grill master and need no instruction. And rightfully so, after all, it says "Grill Master" on your apron. But just in case you need a refresher course after spending so many months watching football, here's a glossary full of the latest terminology being thrown around about your favorite culinary pastime. Put down your tongs, it's time for review.
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Sadly, dipping your filet in clarified butter prior to serving it alongside a bacon-based potato salad isn't something you should be doing every night. But do get outside, enjoy the weather, and dig into some classic summer fare using these common sense healthy grilling tips. Who knows? Afterwards, you may feel up to badminton, croquet, or a walk around the block.
Some of them you'll recognize, some of them might be things your wife orders at hoitsy-toitsy restaurants in the downtown area that require you to tuck in your shirt, and some of them you may have never imagined. But the outdoor cooking season can be up to 6-8 months long, depending on where you live, so you should have plenty of time to drive down to the fish market to pick up some shark.
Famous Bits of Grilling Wisdom
"Not only is New York City the nation's melting pot, it is also the casserole, the chafing dish and the charcoal grill."
"I still love making hamburgers on the grill. I guess whenever I eat them childhood memories come up for me."
"When I get a chance to play golf or go on a boat with good people, take the boat out and put some lobsters on the grill, get the ice-cold beer and the cigars - that's heaven here on earth."
"I had a bag of Fritos; they were Texas-grilled Fritos. These Fritos had grill marks on them. They remind me of something&when we used to fire up the barbeque and throw down some Fritos. I can still see my dad with the apron on, "Better flip that Frito, Dad. You know how I like mine."
"Grilling, broiling, barbecuing - whatever you want to call it - is an art, not just a matter of building a pyre and throwing on a piece of meat as a sacrifice to the gods of the stomach."
"Food can look beautiful, taste exquisite, smell wonderful, make people feel good, bring them together, inspire romantic feelings&At its most basic, it is fuel for a hungry machine."
"In the Barbecue is any four footed animal -- be it mouse or mastodon -- whose dressed carcass is roasted whole.... at its best it is a fat steer, and must be eaten within an hour of when it is cooked. For if ever the sun rises upon Barbecue, its flavor vanishes like Cinderella's silks, and it becomes cold baked beef -- staler in the chill dawn than illicit love."
"We sat around and I fed them barbecue and whiskey. And pretty soon everyone started to compete with each other on the guitars."
"Neil Young had invited Pearl Jam to his place for a barbecue. Everybody picked up instruments and started playing."
"I'm a man. Men cook outside. Women make the three-bean salad. That's the way it is and always has been, since the first settlers of Levittown. That outdoor grilling is a manly pursuit has long been beyond question. If this wasn't firmly understood, you'd never get grown men to put on those aprons with pictures of dancing wienies and things on the front."
"Dancing is my number one love. That was my first goal as a child. I would love to do stage, maybe do Chicago. I love being in front of an audience. It's so stimulating. I also love to barbecue."
"For Memorial Day weekend, the redoubtable New York Post published hypothetical barbecue memos for the two contenders, with Mr. Bush favoring sausage and beer and Mr. Kerry opting for frogs legs, chardonnay and creme brulee."