5 grilling tips to kick off grilling season

shutterstock_437833417 (1)June 21 is the summer solstice, making it the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. Everyone knows that summer is officially grilling season: impromptu backyard parties, dinner with the family out on the patio, and days spent lounging by the pool, working up an appetite for a burger fresh off the grill.

To celebrate the first official day of grilling season, we’ve compiled a list of grilling tips to make you your best griller this year.

  1. Become one with the grill.

Make sure you know exactly what kind of grill you’re using along with all of its features. Like every griller, every grill is different. The way it’s made and the type of grill it is can dramatically affect the way your food cooks and tastes.

  1. Keep the lid closed.

This is probably the toughest part of grilling. Lifting the lid before your food is ready can wreak some serious havoc on those burgers. Trust your grill and your recipe. Abstaining from lid opening will pay off once you take that first bite.

  1. Time everything.

Make sure you’re fully prepared with the proper utensils and amount of time given. Rushing and running around for the spatula is not ideal when those burgers are slowing turning to char.

  1. Don’t be stingy with the flavor.

Properly seasoning the food before grilling makes a world of difference. Don’t be afraid to add lots of flavor to your food. Adding some liquid smoke can sometimes be a nice touch!

  1. Let the meat sit before serving.

Once everything’s off the grill, you might be tempted to dig right in. But now you’re an experienced griller. And an experienced griller knows that meat needs to sit for about 10-15 minutes to let the juices and flavors meld together. So hold the Costanzo’s rolls for a few more minutes! We promise it’ll be worth it.