Here at GoodCook, we’ve devoted an entire month to the art of grilling. From all new recipes to a newsletter packs with tips and tricks for the ol’ charcoal, we’re here to make your month more delicious than ever before with tips for the grill, so good it’ll make you squeal!¬†Whether you’re a first-time griller, or a long-standing grill champ, it never hurts to review the basics to truly good grill techniques. Read on for our best-secrets for tender meat, healthy food, and the very best desserts you can serve straight from your backyard.

1. Keep It Clean

Before and after grilling, always clean your racks. The easiest way to do this is heat your grill to high, then use a metal brush to scrub the racks clean of any leftover food or ashy debris left over from your last grilling session. Once scrubbed, close the grill and let it preheat completely (about 10 minutes) before putting any meat or food on.

2. Marinate

For meat that can’t be beat, remember to thaw and marinate it the night before! For truly succulent steak, coating the meat completely in kosher salt for 10-15 minutes, then rinsing throughly and patting dry before grilling will give you a gorgeous, tender morsel for your meal!

3. Take It Slow

One of the best kept grilling secrets it to turn the grill up high and hot before putting your meat on to cook, then turn it way low once you’ve placed your food on the grill. This allows your meat to get that great “grill lines” look, while still allowing it to cook slow and not overcook, keeping it moist and tender from first bite to last. And, of course, always remember to let your meat sit for 8-10 minutes before serving, to keep the juices from spilling out of the meat and onto your plate!

4. Think Outside the Burger

Good grilling doesn’t just mean meat! Grill baskets¬†makes it easy to cook up veggies and stirfrys, right on top of your grill! No food will fall through the small holes at the bottom of the Grill Wok, but all that gorgeous, smoky flavor can get up!

5. Sweet Endings

Remember desserts love the grill, too! Butter angel food cake, pound cake, or sugar cookies and toss them on your grill for a bit of browning. Peaches, pears, apricots, pineapple, and plums become beautifully caramelized when tossed atop a medium-hot grill. Serve it all with a little ice cream, and you may never want summer to end!

We’d love to hear what you’re hottest tips for great grilling are? Got any family secrets that really make your steak stand out? Got the best burger recipe in town? Brag and share in the comments section below. We can’t wait to hear what makes you get your grill on!

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