Grilling is always great fun in the summer time. But are you a master griller? Read on to find out some new grilling tips, marinade and brine recipes, and some foods we bet you’ve never grilled before!
Basic Grill Tips
- Preheat a gas grill for 10-15 minutes prior to cooking.
- Clean grates with a wire brush before cooking too, especially for more delicate meats.
- To prevent foods from sticking to the grate, dip a folded paper towel in canola oil and rub it over the grates until lightly coated with oil.
- Trim excess fats from meats–this will prevent flare-ups.
- Mix seasonings into ground meats before grilling.
- Soaking meats in a brine or marinade will increase flavor and juiciness.
What is Marinade & Brine?
Marinades and brines add flavor, moisture & tenderness to meats and seafood before grilling. These flavory substances are brushed on to the meats before they are grilled.
There are two good methods to marinating meat & seafood. For quick clean-ups, place the food in a large heavy-duty resealable plastic bag resting in a large bowl. Poru the marinade over the food, seal the bag and gently turn it until meat or seafood is well caoted.
Alternatively, use a non-reactive container like a shallow glass baking dish or stainless steel or plastic bowl (never aluminum). Place meat in container, pour marinade over top, turn the pieces several times until well coated and then cover the dish. Always refrigerate meat or seafood while it marinates and turn it several times to incorporate flavors.
Marinade & Brine Recipes
Here are some fun marinades & brines to try with all kinds of meats!
For Poultry: Tropical Marinade
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 2 tablespoons preserves
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. dry mustard
- 1/2 tsp. salt
In a small bowl, whisk together pineapple juice, preserves, ginger, dry mustard & salt until well blended. Pour mixture over chicken & refrigerate to marinate meat for 3-4 hours, turning occasionally. To cook, drain and discard marinade. Grill chicken. Marinades 4 chicken breasts.
For Pork: Apple Cider Brine
- 1/2 cup coarse salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp. whole black peppercorns
- 1/2 tsp. whole cloves
- 2 cups unfiltered apple cider
- 1 cup ice cubes
- olive oil
In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix 1 cup water, salt, brown sugar, thyme, peppercorns and cloves; boil for 2-3 minutes until sugar and salt dissolve. Remove from heat; stir in cider and ice. Place pork chops in an extra-large resealable plastic bag. Pour brine over chops, seal bag and refrigerate for 6-12 hours.
To cook, lightly oil the grate and preheat grill to medium heat. Drain chops, rinse and pat dry; discard brine. Brush with oil and place over direct heat. Cover grill and cook for 12-16 minutes, turning once or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
Fun Foods You’ve Probably Never Grilled
• Corn on the cob; soak corn in cold water for 10 minutes, remove the silk and grill with the husks on.
• Zucchini and summer squash; cut them lengthwise or on a diagonal and brush both sides with olive oil
• Tomatoes and peppers; leave them whole and place them over the hottest part of the grill.
• Asparagus; lightly coat with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Lay spears directly on the grill for about 5 minutes
• Pizza; use a premade crust and you choose the toppings. Place the pizza directly on the grill until the cheese is melted and slightly browned.
• Quesadillas; place one tortilla on the grill, sprinkle with a bit of cheese and other toppings, then top it off with the second tortilla. Remove from grill once it is browned and melty.
• Fresh fruit; such as pineapple, bananas and peaches.
Try this Cookbook
Check out Grills Gone Wild from the Rada Kitchen Store. You’ll find all kinds of recipes for grilling meats as well as dips, butters, marinades & brines, rubs & seasonings, salsas, relishes, chutneys, pestos, sauces and glazes!
Each grill-master has their favorite tools of the trade. Some common Rada Cutlery knives and utensils choices for grilling include:
- Carving Fork and/or Granny Fork
- Carver/Boner Knife and/or Slicer
- Cook’s Knife and/or Super Parer
- Turnover and/or Spatula
- Steak Knives
You can shop and purchase Rada Knives at the online Rada Kitchen Store. Rada Cutlery is 100% American Made – materials and workmanship – manufactured in Waverly, Iowa.