Warm Weather Grilling: The Do’s & The Dont’s

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Warm Weather Grilling: The Do’s & The Dont’s


Prime & Provisions’ Executive Chef Joseph Rizza’s “Do’s & Don’ts Of Grilling”

The DO’s:

1. Always preheat your grill; this will help food from sticking. I suggest heating your grill to the highest temperature it can go and brushing off the grates when they are hot. Make sure to oil up the grates by applying some oil on a piece of paper towel or cheesecloth.

2. If you have multiple burners on your grill, have two set on high to produce high heat for searing and a charring section. Then, set the remainder burners to medium heat to finish cooking the food to your desired temperature.

3. Make sure to pay attention to how long you have cooked your meat and count how many times you flip it. To prevent burgers from falling apart flipping should only happen once. It goes the same for steaks and chops. Get a nice hard sear on the outside of your meats and cook for 4-5 minutes on one side, then flip and cook an additional 4-5 minutes.

4. Always allow all of your grilled foods to temper. Frozen foods should be thawed in the refrigerator overnight. Refrigerated products should be pulled from the fridge a minimum of 30-minutes prior to grilling. This allows for even cooking throughout.


1. Keep oils and marinades to a minimum. It is ok to marinade your meats, but make sure any excess is removed. If you don’t do this you will have flare-ups and fires, not only making it dangerous but also making your food taste not-so-good.

2. Don’t rush. Flipping things too early or too often will make your food tough, and if it’s burgers you will risk them falling apart.

3. Do not cook straight from the freezer, you will have uneven cooking and temperatures throughout. Plus, this will quickly bring the temperature of your grill down.

4. Do not poke holes in your meat. Lots of folks do this to tenderize or get marinades to penetrate. Instead, use natural tenderizers like mustard, soy or pineapple. All three of these have ingredients that help break down connective tissues and helps make your cuts of meat tenderer.

For Chef Rizza’s tips on how to grill the perfect hot dog, visit MensHealth.Com.

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