City Park Provides Summer Grilling Tips
Summer is finally upon Northern Michigan and it’s time to get out those grills for some seasonal barbecues.
However, whether you are new to the grill or a seasoned veteran, there’s always something to learn to make your cooking that much better.
City Park Grill’s chef de cuisine Erin Conger recently shared some grilling tips with the News-Review to help get the best results.
Below are a few of her tips.
— “Oil your grill. Some people think that heat is enough to keep things from sticking, but, if you take a rag and dip it in some oil and brush your grill with it, it keeps your food from sticking and helps make good grill marks.”
— “Using wood is actually a nice addition to grilling as it adds a lot of flavor. You can do all sorts of wood like pecan, apple, cherry, and more. We actually regularly go to Meijer and get wood. If you have a gas grill, make sure to put it on a little metal plate. If you have a charcoal grill though you can just throw it right in.”
— “I love marinades and marinating meats. Marinades freeze well and so, in the summer when I’m short on time and running around, I often times buy bulk meats and package them up with marinades and freeze them. You can pull those out in the morning and by night they are ready to go.”
— “It’s always fun to play with flavors and grilling different things too. I like to grill vegetables on top of my meat. They make great side dishes or parts of the plate. Grilled vegetable salads are great and can even mix well with rice. I typically grill zucchini, squash, peppers, scallions, asparagus and even corn. Vegetables tend to hold up pretty well depending on how you cut them.”
— “Grilling is actually a healthy alternative to pan frying or sautéing. It’s because you aren’t recycling the fat cooking off of the meat. It generally makes things healthier for you which is an added benefit.”
— “Always let your grill burn off. If you light up your grill, let it heat up before you get started. With that, you want to make sure you clean off anything you got on the grill between your last use and this use. Be cautious cleaning your grill when it’s hot though.”
— “Lastly, don’t forget to turn off the gas on both the grill and the tank for an extra safety precaution.”