Looking to do some grilling in Pittsburgh this summer? Shults Ford South is providing you with its top 5 barbecue tips to make your cookout the envy of the neighborhood.
Tip 1: How to make picture-perfect burgers
You may have noticed while grilling in the past that your burgers puff up in the middle. Their rounded shape then makes it harder to keep toppings in place. Before you grille, use the back of a spoon to press down on the middle of the patties. After some time on the grill, they’ll be nice and flat.
Tip 2: Populate your skewers
Whether you’re making meat kabobs, veggie kabobs or a mix of both, don’t skimp on the ingredients. Make sure whatever ingredients you are using are nicely tucked together. If they touch, they’ll stay juicier longer. Just don’t cram them into each other.
Tip 3: Oil your veggies
Are your veggies drying out and sticking on the grill? Lightly coat them with olive oil before grilling them. This is particularly useful for bell peppers, onion slices, sliced squash and asparagus.
Tip 4: Be gentle with the rub
Rubbing seasoning into the meat before it goes on the grill is a great way to add flavor. However, make sure not to overdo it. You should apply the rub gently. If you do it too hard, it can damage the meat fibers and ruin the texture — not to mention over-season the food.
Tip 5: How to tell when chicken is ready
You should never undercook chicken, especially when grilling it for your friends and family. To check if it is ready, take one of the thickest pieces from the grille and look at the color of the meat near the bone or at the center. If it is still pink, it’s not yet done. Better yet, use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature reaches at least 175 degrees.
Next time you host a barbecue, think of your friends at Shults Ford South! We’re not saying you need to invite us or anything, but maybe bring some leftovers to the showroom if you have any.