July 4th grilling means dads across the country will serve up hot dogs, burgers, ribs and corn to friends and family.
July 4 is the most popular holiday for using an outdoor grill or smoker.
Blue Rhino offers a few tips for July 4th grilling:
-Have a fresh, ready-to-grill propane tank on hand if using a gas grill.
-Always start with a clean grill since any cooked-on food particles can give your grilled food an unpleasant flavor. A thorough cleaning needs the right tool, like this Tough Brush or an onion.
-To keep food from sticking to the grids, spray or coat with cooking oil or an onion seasoning grill brush before lighting.
-Use Stuffz, the patriotic U.S.A. Burger Press or another type of mechanism to make perfectly formed burgers.
-For your vegetarian friends, toss raw vegetables in olive oil, sprinkle with kosher salt, and thread them on stainless steel skewers to keep them from spinning on the grill.
-Feeding a crowd? Flip over four burgers at a time with an extra large spatula. Or use non-stick grilling baskets designed especially for multiple pieces of corn or fish to make flipping easier.
-Use the upper cooking grid (warming rack) for toasting hot dog or hamburger buns.
-To ensure that burgers, steaks, chicken or larger cuts are cooked perfectly, use a digital temperature fork.
-To avoid losing natural juices, use long-handled tongs or spatulas instead of forks and turn foods over just once during cooking.
-Be sure to rest meat for a few minutes before serving to redistribute juices that have pooled in the center. Once it’s cut, the meat will be more tender and juicier to eat.
-Make cleanup easier by serving food in red plastic baskets lined with paper liners.
-Come armed with a handheld bug zapper for this summer’s voracious mosquitoes, and put food under a giant food tent to keep it bug-free.
-Always use a grilling glove made of fire-resistant fibers and a non-slip silicone grip to protect hands when placing and removing items from the grill top.