Burned Basting

You are barbecuing your meat, and the sauce is burning.  What are you doing wrong and how can it be prevented?

Most barbecued basting sauces have a sugar base.  It is the sugars that get super heated and burned.  Next time you are grilling, wait until just a few minutes before serving before basting.  This will allow just enough time for the sauce to heat up, but not burn.

Barbeque for Groups

When having a barbeque for a large grouping of people something that is easier to make than hot dogs and hamburgers is shish kabobs.

Presoak as many bamboo skewers as you think you will need for at least 1 hour before cooking time.

Arrange dishes of cut up meat, vegetables, and fruit on a table near your grill.

As your guests arrive, they can assemble their shish kabob to their liking and place it on the grill.

Make up a batch of hot rice and garlic bread to serve with the shish kabobs once they have finished cooking.

Easy Basting

When you are having a barbeque with lots of friends/family over you can get really tired of basting the meat with a brush.

If your basting sauce is thin enough you can put it into a spray bottle and spray it on your meat. Don’t forget to strain through some cheese cloth to remove any pieces that might clog the nozzle.

If you have a thicker basting sauce you can put it into a squeeze bottle and squeeze it onto your meat. Then you just use your brush to spread it evenly over your meat.

Grill Magic

When grilling meat, sometimes it sticks to the grill even though you cleaned the grill thoroughly and oiled it well.  When grilling items that do not have any external spices or marinades, try spraying the meat with non-stick cooking spray before you place on the grill.

It will not only help keep it from sticking, but it will also help keep the meat from drying out.  When you go to turn the meat, if it still appears to be sticking, let it cook for a few more minutes until you can lift it with out any resistance.

Slippery Skewers

When grilling food on skewers it can be frustrating some times because the food keeps sliding off the end.

To help prevent this from happening, place all your items on the skewer as normal.  At the end, place a peeled clove of garlic.  Now your ingredient will stay put and as it cooks it will add great flavor to your meat or veggies.

Self Serve BBQ

When having a barbeque for a large grouping of people something that is easier to make than hot dogs and hamburgers is shish kabobs.

Presoak as many bamboo skewers as you think you will need for at least 1 hour before cooking time.

Arrange dishes of cut up meat, vegetables, and fruit on a table near your grill.

As your guests arrive, they can assemble their shish kabob to their liking and place it on the grill.

Make up a batch of hot rice and garlic bread to serve with the shish kabobs once they have finished cooking.

BBQ Basting

When you are having a barbeque with lots of friends/family over you can get really tired of basting the meat with a brush.

If your basting sauce is thin enough you can put it into a spray bottle and spray it on your meat.

If you have a thicker basting sauce you can put it into a squeeze bottle and squeeze it onto your meat. Then you just use your brush to spread it evenly over your meat.

BBQ On the Go

Your kids are in Baseball, Soccer, Football, Tennis… You name it, there is always an activity going on.

It is hard to have everyone sit down for dinner at the same time. You have tried just about everything, but you just can’t seem to get dinner ready by the time that you have to take off for a game/activity.

Instead, take dinner with you! Get a small portable grill and pack a basket that has all of the condiments that you need for hamburgers or hot dogs.

Make up some potato salad, or grab some from the store if you run out of time. Don’t forget some chips and buns, as well as something to drink.

Now when you arrive at your child’s game, set up a mini barbeque for you and your family. Now you can all eat together and enjoy the activities that your family participates in!

BBQ Success

You like to BBQ with briquettes, but you always tend to have issues. Here are a few tips to help your next BBQ turn out a success.

Open your grill and lay out the amount of briquettes that cover the bottom of the grill and extend out about an inch past your food.

Mound them all in the center of your grill and light with a long match if they are self-lighting.

If they are not self lighting, sprinkle with some lighter fluid. Use no more than one or two squirts from the can. Let them sit for about a minute before lighting.

Let the briquettes remain in the mound until they are light gray in color. Once they are all uniform in color spread over the bottom of the grill.

You can test the coals with your hands. Hold your hand over the coals, approximately where the food will be placed. Count out the seconds using the thousand method, (one thousand one) If you are unable to keep your hand over the coals for the following times, here are the approximate temperatures:

2 seconds – Hot
3 seconds – Medium Hot
4 seconds – Medium

Deterring Picnic Ants

When you are out on a picnic you can easily deter ants from your table by taking along a few larger cans.

Find cans that will easily fit under the legs of your picnic table.

Fill each can with about a half an inch or so of water.

Now the ants won’t be able to crawl up the leg of the table and into your food.