In honor of Memorial Day, we’ve put together a list of tips to make sure you’re prepped and ready for the weekend. Whether you’re cooking for your family or you’ve got the whole neighborhood in your backyard, make sure to remember these helpful tips and tricks!
What are you grilling for Memorial Day weekend? Share with us in the comments below!
Cowboy’s Memorial Day Grilling Tips
1. Choose the right cut
Depending on the type of meat you’re grilling this Memorial Day weekend, you may want to use a certain cut. When grilling chicken, breasts are a great way to go for their lean and healthier cut. For beef, we recommend using a flank steak. Keep your Memorial Day stress free and flavorful with our recipe for Mesquite Grilled Skirt Steak and Chimichurri! (Hold for link to Derek Wolf’s skirt steak recipe once posted to The Roundup)
2. Use wood chips
Wood chips are a great way to add a delicate, smoky flavor to your grilled food. For a more prominent smoke flavor, soak wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes and add to hot coals. For a subtler flavor, add dry wood chips on top of the charcoal, but remember to keep a water spray-bottle close in case of flare ups.
3. Oil the grill grates
To prevent your meal from sticking to the grill, make sure to oil it beforehand! Food can still stick to the grill even if it’s been cleaned. Try taking a paper towel and soaking it in cooking oil to wipe down the grill grates.
4. Divide the grill into sections
Divide your grill into three separate sections to regulate temperature and ensure your meal is being cooked properly. Having a side with no charcoal gives you the option to move food if it begins getting too hot.
5. Allow time to marinate
One of the best ways to add flavor to your grilled food is simply to marinate it! Let your meat soak for at least a few hours before throwing it on the grill. Not only will it help tenderize the meat, but also gives an even juicier meal. Grill tip: large cuts of meat can marinate up to 24 hours before grilling!
6. Stock up on charcoal
Make sure you are ready to grill with plenty of Cowboy® Hardwood Lump Charcoal so you do not run out while grilling!
7. Avoid poking your meat
Prodding and poking meat while it’s grilling can cause juices and flavor to escape. We recommend flipping meat just once, half-way through cooking time.
8. Know that patience is key
To get that great tasting flavor you’re looking for, remember to be patient! Allow the grill to properly preheat for at least 10-15 minutes before cooking and if using a marinade, build in enough time for your meat to soak. Patience is a key ingredient for delicious tasting food! Remember, if you’re lookin’, you’re not cookin’!
9. Let meat rest
Once meat is removed from the grill, it does not mean that it is done cooking! Allow meat to rest several minutes in tin foil before cutting into it. This method will improve texture and tenderness as well as flavor!
10. Have a safe and fun Memorial Day!
Memorial Day is a time to remember all the brave men and women who gave their lives protecting our country. As Americans, we take the time to show our appreciation and gratitude by coming together with friends and family in honor of those who’ve served. Have a safe and fun holiday weekend with your loved ones!
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