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Use a broiler pan to grill small items on your barbecue grill. We picked up a spare at the thrift store for this purpose.
By duckie-do from Cortez, CO
For example, I'll grill up the entire package of hot dogs and my sons will eat 1 or 2 each. The rest are stored for quick weekday lunches or snacks with that great smokey flavor. Leftover grilled chicken is used often on salads. Any leftover meat can be used in stir fry or soups easily. I get a lot of my meat at Costco, which has good prices and wonderful meat.
Place your charcoal lighter on the grill that holds the coals. Now, put a sheet of crumpled up newspaper (I've used dryer lint in a pinch) in the bottom of the can, fill the rest of the can with charcoal (you don't have to use the easy light stuff, just regular inexpensive charcoal), and light the paper through one of the holes on the bottom.
The flames will work their way up through the charcoal, effectively lighting every piece. Leave the charcoal in the can about 15 minutes, or until all coals have white ash on the outside. Lift the can off and distribute the coals for cooking. Make sure to use a hot pad or oven mitt or a pair of pliers when removing the can, as it is really hot! No icky taste of lighter fluid, and no danger of a child getting little hands on the toxic liquid.
If you have a large grill and need more coals, add another coffee can on top of the other one--no holes need to be punched in the second one, or use more than one starter at a time.
By Evy, NH
SAM'S has the best meat for the lowest price, unbelievable deals! Yes, I have to repackage when I get home since there's just two of us but we share in that work and are ready for it before we go to SAM'S. This means correct packaging materials and enough of them. Once you've gone to SAM'S, you won't go back to your local grocery store. We would not even be BUYING meat to grill if we did not buy at SAM'S. It's just too expensive at the Publix or even Walmart and Walmart does not have the same quality as SAMS. It's the way it is!
Before you grill, plan to shop smart. Then your budget will be easy to live with if you've correctly done your homework!
Feel free to post your summer grilling tips below.
To save energy and time, I cook on the grill almost every weekend. I cook 2-3 different meats, such as burgers, chicken, hot dogs, or pork chops. I also cook several side dishes, such as, baked potatoes, grilled squash, or open a can of corn and put on the grill. I have enough for 2-3 more meals. This way I do not heat up my kitchen for several meals. I just use the microwave. It also provides a few different meal options without seeming like leftovers.
By Leslie from Brandon, MS
Spray your grill with nonstick cooking spray to keep items from sticking, and make cleanup easier. I bought a "Kitchen Spritzer" from The Pampered Chef that uses cooking oil in a non-aerosol pump. It is very economical and much greener than commercial products that use propellants.
Outside Grilling for Cold Weather. I am grilling outside today! Yes, in 50 degree weather, Brrr! I'm grilling wings, burgers and hot dogs. Then I freeze in bags to be used later. I can pull out what I want, still frozen.
Keep the barbeque grill cleaner by rubbing it with cooking oil before using it. You will have less stuck on food!
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To make the most of your meat purchases, this summer. When grilling, use tongs to turn your meats rather than a fork. The fork holes in the meat allow the natural juices to escape thus leaving your meat dry, tough & tasteless.
When grilling out, if using charcoal. Light the coals & wait for them to get hot & white, spread them evenly on the fire rack. Sprinkle in more charcoal as needed to keep the fire at an even temperature.
Use Wishbone Italian dressing for pork chops and chicken for marinade. It makes meats tasty and tender. The flavor is exceptional. Marinate in a ziploc bag for up to 24 hours in the fridge or you may freeze in the marinade and thaw in the fridge and the meat marinates as it thaws.
Great tip for grilling.
I parboil all my chicken and ribs before putting them on the grill. This ensures that they will be done before they are burned. Saves time too, because I parboil, package and freeze. So they are always ready to grab and by the time the charcoal is just right, you can have them thawed using the defrost cycle on your microwave. Also wait until the last few minutes to brush with BBQ sauce. If you add it too soon, it just burns.
Harlean from Arkansas
One of my favorite rubs for grilling meats is prepared yellow or brown mustard. Just rub the meat with the mustard and let sit overnight (in the fridge). Throw on the grill with the mustard still on it. Your meat will have a nice flavor but not a mustard taste. (I don't normally eat mustard)
When preparing to BBQ or grill (it's called different things in different places) and you have your meats in a marinade. It's ok to pour the marinade from the container or baggie onto your meat as it's being grilled.
Once your meats are ready to take off the grill, do NOT pour any leftover marinade over the meat, before serving, until you've been able to cook the marinade, on the stove.
You'll be saving your self a trip to the hospital. The marinade still has the bacteria of the raw meat in it. Cook it in a sauce pan on the stove to the boiling point. Then you can serve it with your meats.
I am a single female in my 80s and cook my own meals. I have no barbeque and wonder what could take the place of one when the recipe calls for grilling.
By Ruth J