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Mastering the Classics on the Grill
How to Grill the Perfect Burger
1. PICK THE RIGHT MEAT The fat-to-lean ratio of the meat is critical for a juicy burger; equal parts ground chuck and ground sirloin deliver the best balance.
2. SHAPE SMARTLY Before grilling, make an indentation in the center of each patty with your thumb. This prevents patties from puffing up as they cook.
3. HANDS OFF! Never press down on a burger with a spatula when it is on the grill; all that does is push out all the flavorful juices.
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How to Grill Great Steaks
1. GO LEAN(ISH) Trim off most of the external fat before grilling; it can cause flare-ups on the grill. (For extra flavor, use trimmings to grease grill grates.)
2. TAKE YOUR TURN Grill over high, direct heat and only turn steaks once during cooking – when the meat has a good sear it will release easily from the grates.
3. LET IT REST After grilling, steaks should rest for 5 to 15 minutes, depending on thickness, to allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat.
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How to Grill a Pork Chop
1.THINK THICK Chops that are ¾ to 1-inch thick work best on the grill because they won’t overcook. Bone-in ones have the most flavor.
2. BRINE AWAY! Pork chops are always at risk for overcooking and becoming tough, but a brine helps keeps meat moist even if you leave it on the grill for too long.
3. HANDLE THE HEAT Set up your grill for indirect grilling so you can sear chops over high heat, but then finish them slowly over indirect heat.
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Smoking Foods on the Grill Use wood chips to add smoky flavor to foods, even on a gas grill.
How to Grill with Charcoal Once you learn how to start a charcoal grill, the rest is easy.
Grilling with Indirect Heat For the best results, sometimes you shouldn’t cook food directly on the flame.