By Samantha Yardley

 

In the wise words of Homer Simpson “you don’t win friends with salad” and with warmer climes finally upon us, there’s no better time to polish off your grilling skills and meat your pals at the BBQ.

 

Muscle and Health caught up with Gabriel Glasier, former executive chef, restauranteur, and founder of Chef Travel Guide to provide his top 6 grilling tips for the perfect summer barbeque.

 

  1. Clean and season your grill

Any professional grill cook takes great care in cleaning and seasoning their grill grates. Use a grill brush to dry scrub before and after cooking. Follow with a light rub of oil.

 

  1. Hot and fast vs slow and low 

For a thick ribeye, you want a hot grill. If you are cooking a whole chicken, grill it at a lower temperature. Dial-in the ideal heat for the meat.

 

  1. Stop playing with your food

If you want to get those beautiful cross-hatched grill marks on your meat, you will only need to move it three times. Reposition more for even cooking or if there is a flare-up.

 

  1. Be the fire master

Prevent flames and flare-ups. When fat drips too aggressively, a flare-up can occur which gives food nasty creosote-like aromas. Turn down the flames or spread out the coals before resuming grilling.

 

  1. Rest your meat

The fastest way to ruin a perfectly grilled piece of meat is to cut into it immediately, spilling out all its juices. Wait at least five minutes for small cuts and up to 20 for larger meats like a tomahawk ribeye.

 

  1. It’s all about the Maillard reaction

When meat cooks, amino acids and sugars caramelize and turn brown. This is where a big part of the flavor comes from. Balance perfecting good color on your meat, without going too far and burning them.

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