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With summer in full swing, there is no better time to move the cooking outdoors. If you are finding the kitchen too hot to handle, take the dinner party outside and enjoy a meal on your deck or patio. There may be nothing more alluring than the smell of food cooking on the barbecue. Here are some outdoor cooking tips from your premier Red Deer real estate firm to get you grilling.

 

Preparation

Before you grill those steaks to a perfect medium rare, you need to make sure your barbecue is up to the task. Make sure to clean the grill with a wire brush before you start cooking. You do not want last week’s flavours on tonight’s dinner. Once your grill has been thoroughly cleaned, it is recommended that you grease or oil the grill to prevent any food from sticking to the grill. Keep all foods separate and use separate plates, utensils cutting boards before cooking to ensure any raw meats from contaminating any cooked food.

 

Flavouring

For whatever reason, almost all food seems to taste better when cooked on a grill. You can add extra flavour to your favourite dishes by marinating your food or choosing one of the many glazes that are available today. If you are choosing to use a glaze, use it during the last few minutes of cooking so it does not burn.

Another popular way to get more flavour from your food is to use rubs. These rubs can help marinate your meat and can infuse flavour deep into whatever you are cooking. Regardless of which cooking method you are using for your barbecue (charcoal or gas), adding smoke means adding flavour. Try using different types of chips or briquettes such as hickory or alder wood to your barbecue to bring out different flavours in your food.

 

Cooking

When it is finally time to begin the cooking process, allow ample time for the barbecue to properly heat up to the desired cooking temperatures. Once you have a pre-heated barbecue, put your food on and close down the lid to prevent any smoke and heat from escaping, as this is what will flavour and cook your food. Do not stab or poke your food, and allow ample time for your food to cook before flipping it. This will allow the food to sear and lock in the flavours and keep it from drying out. Once you have cooked your food to your liking, take it off the grill and allow it to rest for a few minutes as the cooking process continues after your food has been removed from the grill.

Proper preparation, flavouring and cooking will ensure that your next barbecue meal is better than good. So get outside while the weather is warm and get creative on the barbecue. If you are in the market for a home with a gorgeous patio to do all your grilling, we be sure to take a look at our local listings!

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