How to Become the Neighborhood’s BBQ Grill Master

Learn to Out-Grill Your Neighbors with These Tips from a San Mateo BBQ Restaurant


You don’t always have to visit BBQ restaurants to enjoy tender and succulent BBQ. With the right tools, technique, passion and practice, you can master the art of grilling and barbecuing right in your own home (or backyard). Simply follow this list of best practices, and be on your way to becoming the local “BBQ grill master.”

Cook While it’s Cool

Restaurants and steak houses chill their meat until it’s ready to be primed and cooked. Not only is this convenient, there are obvious food safety benefits to keeping meat at a safe temperature for as long as possible. When it comes to taste, there is not much of a difference when you allow the meat to hit room temperature before grilling, versus cooking it right out of the refrigerator. Save your time and health by cooking meat as soon as it leaves the cooler.

Only Flip Once

It’s impossible to get those exhilarating grill marks if you flip your meat every 6 seconds. To get that signature grill mark that you find with high-end barbecue restaurants or other grill masters, rotate the meat 90 degrees after a few minutes and only flip it once. It is also easier to gage cooking times if you limit the amount of time you flip the meat.

Salt and Pepper Do the Trick

Have you heard that salt makes red meat bleed its juices? In reality, it helps create a delectable savory crust. Before you place your meat on the grill, sprinkle a generous layer of coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper for a mouth-watering outcome just like your favorite bbq delivery restaurant.

Keep it Clean

Start cooking with a clean, hot and oiled grill. This is key to creating a product that will tantalize your taste buds. It will help prevent food from sticking to the grill, not to mention the beautiful grill marks produced on the meat. Scrub the hot grate with a wire brush before grilling, and run it with a tightly folded paper towel that is wet with oil. When you are done grilling, scrub the grill down again. Bonus Tip: an onion (cut in half) is also great for cleaning and seasoning the grill!

Don’t Stab the Meat

Flip the meat with tongs instead of a BBQ fork or knife. If you poke it with holes, the beloved juices may flow out of the meat and compromise the end result. Make a small slit with a knife if you need to check the doneness of the meat.

Let the Meat Rest

During the cooking process, the fiber of the muscles contract and direct the juices to the center of the cut. When meat is eaten directly off of the grill it will taste dry and tough. Allow the meat to rest a few minutes so that the juices can be reabsorbed by the muscle fibers and produce a tender and succulent cut. We know it’s hard to wait, but trust us, it’s worth it! Patience is a virtue when it comes to great tasting meat!

[Related: Tips for Consistently Great Tasting Barbecue]

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