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10 Grilling Tips for Beginners

10 Grilling Tips for Beginners
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Tip #1 — Be organized! That’s a tip from Annie B. Copps on a segment about grilling on the Today show. Here are the rest of her Top 10 Tips.

See Annie’s Today show video on Grilling

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1. Be organized.

Gather together everything you are going to need from start to finish and be sure to make a trip to the restroom. Once you get started, you can’t walk away — this is live fire cooking.

  • Do you have enough charcoal (or propane)?
  • Do you have all the ingredients?
  • Do you have a clean platter to put the ingredients on once they are cooked?
  • Do you have matches? Tongs (no forks, please!)? Oven mitt? Meat thermometer? Paper towels? Marinade brush? Grill scraper? Cell or cordless phone? Margarita (you’ll need to stay cool with all that heat!)
  • Is the recipe ready to go?
  • Meats should be trimmed of fat and removed from wet marinades.
  • Do you have a metal garbage bowl or bin?

If you have space, consider storing all your outdoor grilling utensils and gadgets in a sturdy canvas bag in the mudroom — I like to have tongs, mitts, and thermometer in the bag and the rest I gather before I go outside. Or prepare a laminated list that you can check before you strike a match.

2. Where to grill?

The placement of your grill is important — do not place it by a door that will be open and shut during cooking, nor in a heavily trafficked spot in your yard. Open windows, places where kids are playing, and, of course, spots where flammable materials might be, are all no-nos. Place your grill on a flat, fireproof surface at least 10 feet from your house.

3. Bring on the heat.

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