Summer is the time for outdoor grilling. And there’s no better time to grill up some delicious Full Belly burgers for hungry friends and family. So we’ve put together a grilling checklist to ensure your outdoor cookout runs smoothly.
Obviously gourmet stuffed burgers from Full Belly Meats are always a crowd pleaser. But don’t forget great tasting side dishes like grilled vegetables, corn on the cob, potato salad, baked beans and desserts like watermelon or ice cream.
There are three choices here: electric, gas (propane) or charcoal. Choose one that best fits your needs, not the first one you see on sale. An electric grill may be easier and cleaner to use, but it can’t match the flavor of a gas or charcoal grill. A gas grill is generally easier to use than charcoal, but charcoal is usually easier to use on the go, like for camping trips. Charcoal will also produce a hotter fire.
You’ll need a propane canister if you have a gas grill. We’ve all been to cookouts where the poor host runs out of propane before the first burger is cooked. Don’t let that happen to you! If you have a charcoal grill, make sure you have briquettes, a chimney starter (forget the lighter fluid) and a few sheets of newspaper.
INSTANT READ THERMOMETER
This helps to cook your Full Belly burgers to perfection.
STAINLESS STEEL LONG-HANDLED TONGS
Shorter tongs increase chances of burning your hands. We always use tongs rather than forks because you do not want to pierce the meat and lose the meats natural juices.
Invest in a good stiff brush with a long handle for easier clean-ups. Before cooking any food on the grill, let it heat up for about 5 minutes (preferably with the lid closed). Any food residue from the last cookout will fall right off with only a little pressure from the brush.
Grease flare-ups can happen when you least expect it. Make sure you play it safe and always have an extinguisher close by when you’re grilling.
A summer cookout isn’t complete without a variety of cold drinks. If you don’t have a cooler, a trash can (or other container) filled with ice works well too.
Set up bins for plastics, paper and aluminum cans to help keep waste out of the landfills.
Handy to have for spills, quick clean-ups and serves as extra napkins for your guests.
Wrap your vegetables in foil before placing on the grill so they won’t fall through the grate.
PAPER PLATES & PLASTIC CUTLERY
You don’t want to spend hours cleaning up. Disposable supplies allow guests to throw away after they’re finished.
Whether you find yourself grilling on the beach, in the woods or just in your own back yard, nothing brings friends and family together like a well-planned cookout. So keep this checklist handy and get grillin’ – and don’t forget your burgers!
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