For grill masters and enthusiasts, Memorial Day marks the start of barbecue season and a chance to show off some skills. Guy Fieri, chef, restaurateur, New York Times best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning host of the Food Network’s top-rated “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” has seen the good, the bad and the seriously burnt when it comes to all things barbecue
Guy has been honing his barbecue skills for years –we've collected his grilling words of wisdom, and combined them with Verizon Wireless’ recommendations on tech that will send your dishes straight to "Flavortown" with the following grilling tips.
Save the lighter fluid for the camp fire. Any type of combustible liquid (gasoline, diesel fuel, lamp oil) is unsafe and causes unwanted residual flavor on your meat.
Tech Rec: Impress your guests with the Looftlighter, a lighter that ignites your charcoal barbeque in 60 seconds using heated air – it’s safer, and doesn’t give your burgers and dogs that icky lighter fluid flavor.
Wait for the white. Avoid putting food on coals that aren’t burned through. As coals start to burn they will kick off a residue that’s not pleasing to the palate. You want your coals to form a white ash on the outside, not red flaming embers, so that you have consistent heat. Then, by piling the coals or lowering the grate up and down, you can adjust to increase or decrease heat intensity.
Tech Rec: Patience is a virtue when it comes to grilling, so while you’re waiting to throw the meat on, kick back with some tunes. Use the Jawbone BIG JAMBOX Bluetooth Speaker to wirelessly project music from your mobile device and keep you and your grilling buddies entertained. To make sure you don’t run out of juice, use the Panasonic SolarSmart wireless charger, a small portable gadget that uses sunlight to keep mobile devices powered.
Sit tight to sauce. Apply barbecue sauce only in the final minutes of cooking. Sugars in the sauce tend to burn and darken your meat, creating unsavory smoke on a gas grill or a cloud of ash over charcoal.
Tech Rec: Still need to find that perfect sauce or rub? There are thousands of recipes at your fingertips. Use your smartphone or tablet to access apps like Epicurious or Allrecipes, and find recipes based on the kind of protein used, type of cuisine, or total cooking time. Don’t forget to save your favorites for the next time you are firing up the grill.
Guy’s grilling tips and great recipes are available in his new book, Guy on Fire, in stores now. Grill on!