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For the most part, Barbecue season is officially upon us! In most places, we are seeing sunny days that last all the way into the evening, which means it’s time to get grilling.

But before you fire up the grill and start cooking, you might need a few tips to make sure your BBQ is the best it can be all summer long. These tips will help you become a better barbecuer and hopefully will save you time so you can spend less time with the grill and more with your family and friends.

  1. Pre-heat: One of the best ways to start off your grilling adventure, is to let it the BBQ have time to pre-heat, so you hit precisely the right temperature.  Try to give the grill about 10 minutes or so to get the heat going before you start cooking.
  2. Indirect vs. Direct: If you can’t decide which heat is better for the food your cooking, use this handy tip to remember what’s best!  If the food you are grilling takes more than 20 minutes, use indirect heat. If the food needs under 20 minutes, use direct heat for better results.
  3. Grill Prep: Before you put anything on the grill, give it a good clean to remove any leftovers that may be stuck on. The best way to do this is to pre-heat the grill and run a BBQ brush over the grates leaving it clean and ready for you to cook.
  4. Burger Talk: If your favorite food item to cook is burgers, don’t cook your next batch without this quick tip! When the raw hamburger patties are prepared, press a small indent with a spoon into the middle of the burger. This will prevent your patty from puffing up and will keep all your burgers the same size and level.
  5. Grilled Vegetables: If you love grilled vegetables, make sure to give them a good coating of olive oil before cooking. Either toss them with olive oil lightly or drizzle it over the top. Doing this will prevent your vegetables from burning and sticking to the grill.
  6. Sauces: If you are adding any sauces to your meat while grilling, make sure to apply it closer to the end of cooking. Try to use the sauce no more than 20 minutes to avoid drying out your meat or vegetable of choice!
  7. Flare Up: If the flames in your barbecue start to get too high or out of control, avoid using water to extinguish the fire.  If this happens while your grilling, quickly shut the lid to your grill to snuff out the flames and turn off the propane.
  8. Rest: Last but certainly not least, when you are cooking meat on the grill, don’t forget the one step at the end that makes the meal! Let your meat rest for 7-10 minutes to ensure the juices have enough time to redistribute throughout the meat.
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