How-To & Diy

The 5 Links You Need to Read Before Heading Out to Grill

June 19, 2013

Each week, we’ll be sharing a comprehensive list of links to help you master a cooking technique. Culinary greatness, here you come.

Today: Impress everyone at the barbecue with your grilling skills. 


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Grilling -- like going to the beach or chasing the ice cream truck -- is a quintessential summer activity that everyone enjoys. Whether you’re avoiding turning on the oven in a stifling apartment, or throwing a party on the back patio, come summer, grilled food is the way to go. 

But if you don’t know your way around a grill, you might be a bit hesitant. Gas vs. charcoal? Direct vs. indirect? Not to worry, we’ve rounded up five links to help. Fire up your grills, people -- but not without reading these first. 

  • First things first: tools. These are the only three you’ll need.
  • Next: the ever-crucial step of lighting the grill. You won’t even need lighter fluid! Merrill shows us how
  • To ensure proper cooking for each type of food (read: to avoid serving chicken that’s raw on the inside and blackened on the outside), commit this heat zone infographic to memory. 
  • Last step: cleaning the grill. It's easy, we promise -- right this way

Now that you’ve mastered the grill, make any (or all) of these seven dishes to serve at your next cookout. (Your friends and family will love you for it.)

What are your tips for mastering the grill? Tell us in the comments!

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

  • AntoniaJames
  • paseo
  • Kenzi Wilbur
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AntoniaJames June 19, 2013
I see that photo of the ball of (apparently clean) aluminum foil and it makes me wish that the instructions in that link did not start by cutting a clean piece of foil. Instead, it really should recommend using the outside of the foil you used to tent your grilled meat, or that you've saved from some other use. I ran the numbers on the environmental impact here. Assuming a ball with the equivalent volume of a 2" cube (an underestimate, I'm sure), and assuming that every member of FOOD52 registered as of June 14 (approximately 137,300) used a new foil ball four times during the summer, the (unnecessary) non-biodegradable solid waste going to landfills = 2,500 cubic feet. At least until recycling services accept used, dirty foil, which most don't . . . . ;o)
paseo June 20, 2013
Completely agree with all you have pointed out. We need to think before we use foil or plastic.
Kenzi W. June 20, 2013
This is a really great point -- thanks for bringing it up! We should absolutely be reusing foil whenever possible.