Why She Always Pours Water Over Her Propane Tank Before Grilling - And 12 More BBQ Tricks
Katie Mooney 3/9/2017
As the red line on your backyard thermometer gradually rises over the next coming months, it's time to "up" the warm weather activities as well. Dust off the pool rafts, rinse out the margarita glasses, and scrub the grill - summer is on its way.
These "tasty tidbits" are certain to have you anxiously anticipating your next family barbecue bash - so bring on the hickory smoked charcoal and the "kiss the cook" apron!
You've got enough corn-on-the-cob to feed the entire neighborhood - but a pot big enough to cook it in? Not so much! Forget the stove, and grab a cooler instead.
Awestruck suggests lying the ears of corn in the bottom of the cooler, and pouring a large pot of boiling water overtop this sweet treat. Close the lid, and wait 30 minutes. Viola - perfectly plump kernels of corn just waiting to be coated in butter and salt!
Need a creative (and much easier) way to clean your grill after you've prepared your world famous burgers? When slicing up the onion to top those juicy burgers with - be sure to save a half. Just after you've cooked the last patty and the barbecue is still hot, hold the piece of onion with a pair of tongs and firmly scrub the grates of your grill.
Rubbing onion over the food-crusted, sizzling bars will not only remove the grease, but it will disinfect your grill and make it smell nice, too! SORTEDfood has the innovative idea.
You're excited about the upcoming family camping trip, but disappointed about not being able to bring your favorite grill. Fret no more, there's surely room for THIS easy, inexpensive, and functional one.
HouseholdHacker recommends hitting the Dollar Store to pick up a deep roasting pan, a pack of cooling racks, and a small bag of charcoal. These simple materials quickly transform into a makeshift grill - guaranteed to "get 'er done!"
You've purchased the perfect cuts of meat, but are still in need of the perfect smoke bomb for your gas grill. Look no further, you've found it! Grab that bag of barbecue smoked wood chips - Biscuiteater shares the quick, effortless, and aroma-filled smoke bomb making steps.
As you bite into a plump, sizzling hot dog, laid atop a soft, ketchup-covered bun - you quietly whisper to yourself, "How could life get any better than this?" Yep, we've all done it!
Well, as it turns out, there's actually room for that already perfect hot dog of yours to taste even more wonderful - and it involves a precise (yet simple) spiral slice. Chowhound shows you how to make the curvy cut, and explains the many "tasty" reasons for doing so!
We label the brown bags of our children's lunches, place unique charms on our guests' wine glasses, and put distinctive, colorful cases on our black phones - all in the ongoing effort of telling things apart. This brilliant "labeling" tidbit will ensure that every hungry barbecue attendee gets the burger they ordered.
Enough of the "burger guessing game"...start marking your buns! We label everything else in our lives, right?
Seasoned and slightly charred asparagus, oh so good! But keeping those veggies balanced, and from sliding through the rack - not so good. Skewers not only keep your healthy greens from "falling through the cracks," but they make flipping a cinch, too. Idea found on Awestruck.
Did you know that lemons contain high levels of vitamins, antioxidants, and medicinal powers? Oh, and their refreshing taste is pure "bitter bliss," perfect for flavoring just about anything - especially fish!
Howdini insists that laying your fish atop a bed of sliced lemons is certainly the grilling way to go. The fillets not only absorb the fantastic citrus taste, but there will be no "fishy" residue left behind on your grill either - win, win!
Ensuring that your burgers are cooked through, while also keeping them moist and juicy, can certainly be a chef's challenge...
Until now. Try placing a pat of butter in the center of each burger patty (or a small piece of ice if you're watching your waistline), prior to turning up the heat. This little seasoning secret not only adds a touch of "tastiness" to your beef, but it guarantees "juiciness" too! Howdini has the idea.
You're fresh out of charcoal and craving a plump, mouthwatering brat - got Doritos? As it turns out, in a pinch, these multi-purpose (and quite flavorful) chips can get the grilling job done! Idea found on Survival Life.
We can all agree - kabobs packed with fresh, tasty veggies and juicy pieces of chicken are a barbecue must. However, you could do without your wooden skewers burning, and even occasionally catching on fire, right? Try submerging your skewers in water for 15 minutes prior to loading them with grilling goodies - problem solved! Howdini has the simple soaking solution.