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Saturday, September 4

AHHH...The beginning of a BEAUTIFUL Labor Day weekend...

Labor Day weekend...nothing else says relax, enjoy, and EAT!!  Traditionally, most people take this weekend to do family things...trips to the beach, the park, or just an old fashioned cookout right in your own backyard.

With that in mind, I thought today would be a perfect opportunity to post a few grilling tips...mainly, this is for the ones who either burn what they put on the grill, or don't cook it nearly enough.  Yes, there is a trick to grilling right, but it's not nearly as hard as you would think!!

First, the grill...do you use gas or charcoal?  Those who swear by charcoal say that a gas grill is worthless...unless you want to make a birdbath out of it.  Those who use gas...well, the idea of charcoal grilling can seem a bit intimidating, since you don't have the flick of a switch to control the temp.  But, using either method, you can turn out juicy, tender food...you just have to have patience.

The key to great grilling is not just in the temp so much, as the TIMING.  Sure, you need an even, steady heat...but if you aren't allowing the food to sear long enough before you start flipping things around, you force the juices right out.  So, here is a quick run down of how to grill different meats (I'll leave the simple stuff like burgers and hotdogs off the list, cause pretty much everyone can handle those with simple common sense).



For Steak, use this guide... 

For Chicken, use this guide...

For Pork Chops or Steaks, use this guide...  http://www.grillingtimes.com/grilling-pork-chops-steaks

For Fish or Seafood, use this guide... 

For Vegetables, use this guide... 

Now, I know that many of you LOVE ribs, and I'm sure you've noticed that I haven't covered those.  Why, you may ask?  Because Ribs deserve their own post entirely, and will be covered on my next one!!  That post will also include some marinade recipes, as well as a good all around dry rub to use on Ribs, Pork Butts, and Beef Briskets.

Til later......ENJOY!!!


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