Home Cooked Meals: Grilling Tips and Tricks

We’re all for grilling on your new patio or balcony, and it’s the perfect season to start retiring the oven and breaking out the BBQ.

We gathered the best tricks from grilling experts to help you become a BBQ master, with tips on everything from choosing your BBQ to heating it perfectly. Here’s how to make the most of out of the grilling season and make you the envy of all your neighbours (just make sure you cook enough to share!)

1. Pick your BBQ: Choose from electric, propane/natural gas or charcoal. While charcoal creates a smoky, rich taste, it also emits carbon dioxide and soot into the atmosphere. We like natural gas and propane because of its even cooking qualities and convenience. Bonus, you can always choose the option to have a natural gas line installed in your new Avi Urban home!

2. Preheat, preheat, preheat: Make sure to preheat your BBQ for 15-20 minutes to ensure proper cooking heat. Your grill should be 400-450°F for high, 350-400°F for medium-high, 300-350°F for medium and 250-300°F for low heat. Here’s how to gauge the heat properly before you start to cook.

3. Oil and marinate: Before cooking, dip a clean cloth or paper towel in vegetable oil and rub it over the rack using tongs. Once it’s oiled, make sure your ingredients have been marinated before starting to grill. Marinating not only gives your food flavour, it also inhibits the formation of potentially carcinogenic HCAs (heterocyclic amines), which come when you grill meats like chicken, red meat and fish. Marinating can reduce HCAs by as much as 92 to 99 percent (according to the American Institute for Cancer Research). You can find more information on why marinating is good for your health here.

4. Rest your meat: In order to let the juices redistribute in your meat of choice, make sure you “tent” it with tin foil for five to ten minutes. It’ll make for juicier meat and less cleanup.

5. Clean it up: Grab an inexpensive grill brush and clean your BBQ while it’s still hot, right after cooking. This will make it easier to remove any debris. You’ll also want to start your grill session by brushing it, just to make sure you have a clean grilling area.

We want to know, do you plan on grilling this season in your new Calgary condo or townhome? Comment below and let us know your tips and tricks, along with any of your favourite recipes.