Summertime brings the tantalizing aroma of outdoor grilled hamburgers, or barbecued chicken, throughout the neighborhood, reminding us of the thrill of grilling out.
Just about any food that can be roasted or broiled can be cooked on a grill.
Put foods that cook quickly directly on the grid above medium coals or heat. You can leave the grill open or closed when using this cooking method.
Meats and poultry tend to brown quickly on the outside, but may not be thoroughly cooked on the inside. Use a thermometer to ensure foods have reached a safe internal temperature. Poultry breasts should reach 170 degrees, and the juices should be clear. Hamburgers should reach 160 degrees or be brown in the center with no pink juices. All pork cuts should reach 160 degrees. Beef, veal and lamb steaks should be cooked to 145 degrees.
Here are some other grilling tips:
- Keep the grill grate clean by scrubbing with a wire brush after each use.