Grilling out is a great way to enjoy food, and saves your house from getting to hot while running the oven in the summer. Plus, who doesn’t love sitting out and enjoy the cool summer day, while you grill up some tasty food? Nothing beats a steak or hamburger on the grill, it just adds so much flavor to the meat, it can’t be beat!
Below are some cook out hacks to try out this summer! These hacks will change your cooking out experience for sure, and make it even more fun grilling! So kick back, grab a glass of lemonade or sweet tea, and keep reading to find out all the hacks you need to know for grilling!
Grilling Hacks you Need to Know for Cooking Out this Summer
Muffin Tray for Condiments: If you are having people over, consider putting condiments in muffin tins. Tomatoes, onions, ketchup, mayo, mustard, pickles and anything else. Then just place plastic spoons in each tin and let people use that to apply condiments to bread.
Grill Watermelon: I know this sounds crazy, but try grilling watermelon this season! It is a whole new experience and offers an amazing flavor that will make all your friends go crazy. Just slice and cook for just a minute or two on each side. Peaches and pineapples are two other ones that taste amazing grilled.
Clean Grill With an Onion: Once your grill is nice and hot, and you go to clean it, use a sliced onion. Just add a little oil the one side of the onion and rub it around on the grates. It will pick up any buildup and get it clean, and also add some flavor to your grill.
Add some Smoke to Electric Grill: First off take a handful of wood chips, flavor of your choice and soak in some water for around 30 minutes. Then drain the water, and create a foil envelope with aluminum foil. Poke holes in the top, and toss it underneath the grate or by the burner. It will begin to smoke and add some flavor to your meat!
Keep Meat Moist: To get the maximum flavor out of meat, it is best to let it rest for around 10 minutes once it is done cooking. When you do this create a loose foil tent that goes over the meat on a plate or cutting board. It will help the meat not dry out and keep it warm.
Hamburger Patties: Ever cook hamburgers to find they shrink up like crazy? When you go to make your patties, create a thumb print in the center of the burger. This will help the burger from shrinking in the cooking process.
Veggie Packs: Want to cook zucchini or mushrooms on the grill but not sure the best way. Make a foil pouch with aluminum foil, add a little butter and seasoning and toss in any vegetables you want. Then just seal it up and let it cook on the grill. It will steam them and make for a great side dish. I love doing zucchini, tomatoes and mushrooms and then add a little salt, pepper, and creole seasoning.
Bugs out of Drinks: Place a muffin liner upside down on cup to cover the opening, and poke a hole for a straw. This is a great way to keep bugs from landing in your drink.
Plastic Kiddie Pool for Cooler: Take a plastic kiddie pool and fill it up with ice, then all your cold side dishes can be placed in bowls and sat on top of ice to keepit cool! Works perfectly and is pretty affordable.
Bugs Away: Keep bugs away with tossing sage into the fire after you are done cooking. This will let off a scent that will repel mosquitoes.
Rake for Marshmallows: Use a rake to roast marshmallows. They have so many teeth that you can place numerous marshmallows on them, and cook all at once. Just make sure it is clean!
Do you have any grilling hacks to add to the list?