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Slow Ride, Take it Easy When Grilling: 10 Tips for How to Grill

By: Jack Gridley | VP of Meat & Seafood
On: June 30, 2015

The classic song from the rock group Foghat was playing as I was tasked with grilling steak and vegetables on a recent guy’s golf outing. There were two gas grills, one charcoal grill, 24 hungry guys, and the pressure of getting the meat on the table—we’ve all been there. As the song goes, “slow ride…take it easy” and follow these simple steps that’ll guide you how to grill to perfection!

1. Gas or charcoal: it really doesn’t matter. Do you want to enjoy the journey? Then charcoal. Or would you rather take it easy? Then gas. For the best of both, use hardwood charcoal or wood chips in a foil pan on the gas grill for a wood-smoked flavor.

2. Grill your veggies and fruits. The dry heat of the grill will intensify their natural sweetness.

3. Season your meat before grilling. Use a generous portion of course salt and pepper or your DLM Grilling & Seasoning Rub. Keep your meat cold until it’s grilling time. Food safety is a must!

4. Keep your grill surface clean, oiled, and hot! Dip a paper towel in olive oil and wipe down the grill top, using tongs. The best thing you can do for your grill is to clean it well and oil the grate.

5. Line your meat up on the grill in rows. Then, you know what went on first and what will need turned first.

6. For those perfect grill marks, turn the meat 90 degrees halfway through cooking the first side.

7. Only flip the meat one time. Turning it over and over again complicates the grilling process. Skip the fork and use tongs!

8. Know when your meat is ready to come off. Use a meat thermometer and also the finger test. Poke the meat with your finger and if it feels squishy, it’s rare. The firmer, the more done it is. Only if you must, use a small knife and cut into the side of the meat. A simple rule of thumb for seafood is 10 minutes total cooking time per inch of thickness.

9. Pull your meat off the grill and let it rest. The fibers of the meat will reabsorb its natural juices giving you a more tender and succulent bite.

10. Enjoy the summer bounty of fresh local produce and select your meat to accompany it on the grill.