It’s BBQ Season! Summertime is here and that means backyard BBQs full of grilled meats and veggies, satisfying sides, and refreshing beverages! Cookouts should be fun, so we’ve created a handy guide to prepping, grilling, and pairing your outdoor creations with the perfect beer. All you need to do is sit back, relax and follow these trusty tips!
Frothy beverages of the barley variety are the ideal summer sip, simultaneously refreshing your palate and complementing your meal. From farmhouse ales to full-bodied Belgians, pairing beer with food can enhance the flavor of your food and is a surprisingly versatile ingredient for cooking, too!
- Grill Prep: Start with a clean grill. Before you put anything on the grill, give it a good cleaning to remove any stuck on debris. Run a BBQ brush over the grates or allow the grill to heat up to a high temperature and pierce a peeled onion half with a fork and rub the cut-side down along the grill grates. The onion's juices release and produce steam to remove the bits and charred on debris. - Pre-heating: It’s important to kick off your grilling adventure with a hot grill, so pre-heat yours for at least 10 minutes before you start cooking. - The Right Temp: Grills can flare up fast, so be sure to use indirect heat on foods that take more than 20 minutes, and direct heat for anything under 20 minutes. - Burgers: A trick to help your patties cook evenly and keep them from shrinking is to press a small indentation with a spoon into the middle of the burger. - Veggies: Always give your veggies a light coating of olive oil before cooking to prevent them from burning and sticking to the grill. - Sauces: When adding sauces to your meat while grilling, apply it closer to the end of grilling time to avoid drying out. - Resting: The most critical step to keep your meat tender and juicy is to let it rest for at least 7-10 minutes so the juices have time to redistribute and seep thoroughly back into the meat.
Spice Up Your Sides
Side dishes take on a whole new complexity when grilled, adding texture and sweetness to veggies and depth to potatoes and fruit. They also retain their vital nutrients and are higher in fiber, giving you two more reasons to enjoy guilt-free this summer! And don’t forget classic sides like macaroni salad, deviled eggs, and coleslaw to cool off in the hot sun.
Marinades and sauces will take your meat to the next level, infusing them with rich flavors and a sweet or peppery kick. You can either marinate them overnight, brush them on at the end of grilling, or serve as a dipping sauce to saturate every bite. A drizzle of sauce can also enhance your veggies and bring your side dishes to life.