Summer is the perfect season to get outside and grill up something delicious. Families come together for a BBQ or to hang by the pool. Grilling is perfect for everything from traditional hamburgers to potato salad. While some people are masters of the grill, there are always new things to learn. Trying out new techniques and recipes can take your grilling to the next level. Here are a few tips for grilling this summer.
Tips for Grilling this Summer
Start with a Quality Marinade
When getting food on the grill, it can be tempting to head right to grilling. One of the most important things you can do before you ever fire up the grill is to use a quality marinade to prepare your meat. The time you use it and the amount will vary depending on the meat and the flavors you are going for. Using a quality marinade in the right way can punch up the flavors and make every grilled meal a hit! Here are a few tips for using a marinade before grilling as well as a recipe you definitely want to try!
- Marinating Chicken - Chicken will get the best boost of flavor when left in a quality marinade for five to six hours. You can marinate it for as little as ten minutes to increase the flavor if time is an issue. The only exception to this rule is a marinade that includes lemon. If lemon is an ingredient, don’t marinate chicken for more than two hours.
- Marinating Steak - Steaks can be marinated for up to a day. The minimum should be about six hours. This will give the steaks ample time to absorb the flavors of the marinade. If you are using a more acidic marinade such as one with lemon, you will want to shorten your marinating time.
- Marinating Ribs - If you choose to use a liquid marinade instead of a dry rub you will want to marinade for up to six hours before cooking.
- chicken breasts
- Noble Made Classic Marinade (or you can also choose Noble Made Hot & Spicy Marinade, depending on your preference)
- brussels sprouts
- avocado oil
- salt and pepper
- Noble Made Mustard BBQ Sauce
- Soak the chicken breast in your favorite Noble Made Marinade for a few hours, and grill it once you’re ready.
- While the chicken is being grilled, preheat the oven to 400 F and cut the brussels sprouts into halves.
- Toss them with some avocado oil, salt, and pepper, then place them face down on a baking sheet.
- Roast the brussels sprouts for about 20 minutes, or until they’ve reached your desired crispiness.
- Once the chicken is cooked all the way through, slice it and coat it with Noble Made Mustard BBQ Sauce.
Take Advantage of Dry Seasonings
It can be tempting to work with a lot of sauces when grilling out. These can be an easy way to add in flavor. However, some sauces will burn quickly when being grilled. Using a dry rub or a dry seasoning that is packed with flavor can be a game-changer. Here are a few tips for using dry seasonings when grilling.
- Don’t overseason - When using a quality dry seasoning you might be tempted to add extra seasoning to really lay on the flavor. While some seasonings may require this, in general, less is more. It can help to do light seasoning and add more later if needed.
- Do a dry rub - When preparing meat for the grill, a dry rub can be a great way to pack on the flavor. For chicken, dry rubs can stay on for up to twelve hours. Items like steaks or ribs should not exceed two hours.
- Use pre-made seasoning - If you are unsure of how to best mix flavors, it can help to use pre-made seasoning. This will give you a well-mixed flavor profile that is sure to be a hit!
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 2 tbsp almond flour
- 1-2 tbsp Noble Made Buffalo Seasoning
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Preheat your gas grill: Turn on your gas grill and heat it up until temperature stays around 350°F-400°F.
- Prepare your turkey burgers: In a medium sized bowl, add ground turkey, almond flour, salt and pepper.
- Combine the seasoning into the meat without over mixing, just until everything is combined.
- Form into 4 patties that are 1/2” thick. Evenly distribute Noble Made Buffalo Seasoning on each side of the turkey burger.
- Grill the turkey burgers: Place burgers on preheated grill. Cook for 4-5 minutes covered, flip then cook for another 3 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
- Serve: Remove from the grill and serve on a lettuce wrap topped with Noble Made Buffalo Ranch Dressing.
Have a Plan
When you start grilling it can help to plan things out before you get started. Not only will you want to look at marinating your meat beforehand. You will also want to look at recipes you can make with your grill. Not everything on the grill will have the same cook time. This can mean you can make a great appetizer while waiting on longer cooking items to prepare. Check out this easy grilled appetizer idea!
- 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken tenders
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 bottle of Noble Made Medium Buffalo Sauce (You can also choose mild or hot, depending on your preference)
- 1 cup of Noble Made Ranch Dressing
- 4 carrots, peeled and cut into sticks
- 12 stalks celery, trimmed and cut in half
- 6” wooden skewers
- Preheat grill over high heat.
- Salt chicken tenders and place them in a large bowl. Pour 1/3 of Noble Made Medium Buffalo Sauce over the chicken and stir to coat.
- Skewer the chicken tenders.
- Grill the skewers for 5-6 minutes on each side. Brush additional buffalo sauce on skewers, then remove them from the grill. Let them rest for 5 minutes.
- To serve, pour roughly 1 tbsp. of the Noble Made Ranch Dressing into a small cup.
- Add 2-3 carrot sticks and 2-3 sticks of celery to the cup, along with one chicken skewer.
- Pour the remaining buffalo sauce into a bowl for extra dipping.