For my family there is nothing like spending a beautiful sunny day outside with friends and family enjoying a nice juicy hamburger. Grilling is a very popular method of food preparation because of the memories it creates. It gives you the opportunity to step out of the house as well as bringing a fun outlook to cooking. Pull up a chair, get your friends together and let’s talk about grilling!
If you like being outdoors then cooking on the grill will be an enjoyment. Have you ever heard anyone say that grilling food takes away the flavor and juices? That statement couldn’t be more wrong! Grilling is how many professional cooks prepare their meals. It helps to release the natural juices the food holds making what you eat a mouth watering delight.
There are so many different foods that can be cooked on the grill, from that thick pork chop to healthy vegetables. Let’s take a look at some food options for tasty treats from the grill.
Meat options include steak, beef, pork, veal and fish. Vegetables taste great from the grill. The sky is the limit here as long as you really watch temperatures and cook times on thinner or soft meats. Squash, zucchini, potatoes, broccoli and carrots can all be grilled with ease. Peaches and apples make a tasty addition to meals cooked on the grill. But, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many options for things you can cook on the grill. Pretty much everything you cook inside can be grilled.
Another benefit of grilling is the change of flavor. Grilling can completely change the flavor depending on which type of grill, charcoal or propane, you use. There are so many options and ways to improve your meal on the grill. Some of you may not know what the options for types of grills there are. Here check out some of these awesome examples.
The Charcoal Grill
This is the most common type of grill. It’s the sliced bread of the grilling world! The old school, always affective method of grilling jaw dropping dishes. It is always sure to bring fun and laughter to whatever it is your hosting. A few negatives about charcoal is that the actual coal takes a little while to get to the right temperature. It can get messy and if you’re not a fan of the charcoal flavor then a gas grill may be more up your alley.
The Gas Grill
Another wonderful effective method of preparation! The best part about gas grilling is its simplicity. Instead of fiddling around with charcoal just turn a knob, preheat and throw on the food. There are no more cleaning ashes up or buying heavy giant bags of charcoal. Replacing the need for coal with propane, is going to be a little bit cheaper. It’s cheaper only because charcoal will run out before a propane tank will. With gas you get to keep your money and keep those friends coming back for more tasty treats. If you like that charcoal taste then the gas grill will not be your preferred grilling partner. The flavor is not the same. But if you’re a gas grill lover, turn that knob and you are well on your way to a for sure talked about meal!
The Fire Pit Grill
What an exciting way to grill up those hot dogs! Grab the family head out to the back yard and enjoy that time with each other. When you use a fire pit everyone is actively involved. It a great bonding experience and can produce some delicious meals. Use long forks to cook up shish kebobs, hot dogs and other foods that are thought of as finger foods.
Ah smoked meat is the icing on the cake at my house. With a smoker, like the name says, it lets the smoke cook the meat. It’s not so much the fire that makes the food melt in your mouth, but that brilliant design that enables the grill to hold in smoke well enough to cook foods thoroughly. I love to smoke roasts, whole chicken and especially our fresh salmon after hubby has gone fishing.
The Electric Grill
Are you looking for a way to have that outdoor cooking experience without any of the hassles of charcoal, gas or wood? Are you looking for a way to do that and keep your money in your pocket? Well then an electric grill is going to be your right hand man. You can cook outside, enjoy the weather and save money all at the same time. There is nothing needed but an outlet and a hungry crowd.
Is grilling for everyone? Now there is always going to be pros and cons with any situation. There are a few things to remember when it comes to grilling. First grilling can get messy. It can also take longer to cook foods than it would in a conventional oven. To confuse matters more, some foods can cook much faster. lol If you don’t like being outside then grilling might not be your thing. You will also need to pay attention to your food so you don’t have flare ups and burn the food. Multi-tasking can be rough when grilling for some people. If cooking for a large group of people, grilling is ideal. If it’s just a quick dinner for the family then you might want to think twice before lugging out that heavy grill. This is when the electric or gas grill will be your best friend.
Grilling brings people together and creates backyard memories as well as some great tasting foods. As you can see there are two sides to each type of grill, but all in all grilling is a bonding, fun relaxing way to prepare that family meal. Gather up family and friends and head outside to enjoy the day and the grub!
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