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September 2010

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Grilling Tips From Bobby Flay

Master The Grill With 9 Easy Rules

Bobby Flay is one of food TV’s favorite chefs: In Throwdown, Grill It! and Iron Chef America. But he’s also a home griller, like the rest of us. Here are Bobby’s tips for doing it The Flay Way.

Also check out Bobby’s delicious Ribeye & Anaheim Chile Quesadilla recipe.

 

1. DON’T BE INTIMIDATED BY THE GRILL
A grill is just a source of heat. Just like a stove, it is very user-friendly.

2. CHOOSE THE RIGHT GRILL FOR YOU
Charcoal or gas? Both give excellent results, so choose the one that best suits your style of cooking.


3. GIVE YOURSELF ROOM
Don’t underestimate the importance of having enough room to work. Grilling is much more relaxing when you are not trying to juggle a whole collection of plates and bowls as you do it. If your grill doesn’t have enough workspace—and they almost never do—set up a table next to the grill.

 

4. ORGANIZE & PRIORITIZE
Organize your tasks: Plan a menu, make lists, do the shopping. When it’s time to hit the grill, get everything out in front of you: food, spices and tools. Everything you are going to need should be within easy reach.

 
Learn more about grilling with Bobby Flay’s Grill It!

5. MAKE SURE IT’S HOT
Most of the time, Bobby grills over high heat: he likes the sound and smell of a very hot fire. Gravitate toward dishes that you can get on and off the grill as quickly as possible. After a while, you’ll know without thinking about it how hot the fire is: high, medium-high, etc. Until then, you can use the time-tested method of holding your hand 4 inches above the grate and seeing how long you can keep it there. It may sound a little dangerous, but you’ll pull your hand back at just the right moment.

  • High heat: 2 counts
  • Medium-high heat: 4 counts
  • Medium heat: 6 counts
  • Medium-low heat: 8 counts
  • Low heat: 10 counts

 

6. KEEP THE LID CLOSED WHEN COOKING ITEMS THAT TAKE LONGER THAN 10 MINUTES

This includes thick cuts and foods with bones, such as ribs, whole chicken and bone-in chicken breasts.

  Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill
There are 125+ recipes and tips in Bobby Flay’s Boy Meets Grill.

7. DON’T PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD
The more you touch the food on the grill, the more it will stick and begin to fall apart. Brush your burgers, fish or vegetables with oil and season with salt and pepper; then place on a hot grill. Don’t touch it for at least 2 minutes! It needs to form a crust so that it can naturally pull away from the grill. If you begin to turn it before the crust has formed, it will stick.

 

8. DON’T FLATTEN BURGERS, STEAKS & CHOPS WITH THE SPATULA
This will only press out flavorful juices and cause flare-ups. Flip the food only once, if possible.

 

9. GRILLING MEAT: WHEN IN DOUBT, IT’S BETTER TO UNDERCOOK THAN OVERCOOK
You can always put food back on the fire if you need to.

  Bobby Flay's Boy Gets Grill
There are 125 reasons to light your fire in Bobby Flay’s Boy Gets Grill.



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