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So whether you're a suburbanite with a spacious backyard and mammoth barbecue or an urban-dweller with a mini-grill on your balcony, you can still get the ultimate summer foodie experience. Here are some summer barbecue tips that'll make your food better than you ever knew it could be.
1. Preparing the grill
"Grill preparation is a very important step that many people overlook," says Rob Rainford, former Food Network host and author of Born to Grill (Random House, 2012). The first thing to do is grab some long grilling gloves to protect your hands, then turn the grill up to high. Take a metal brush and scrape down the grill to rid it of any debris or food left over from another meal. Once that's complete, turn off the grill and rub the grates down with olive or vegetable oil to prevent sticking.
"When it comes to steak, you'll want to put it on direct heat at about 400-450 degrees," advises Rainford. If you can't easily tell when a steak is cooked through, buy an internal probe to stick in the meat to determine the internal temperature (it should be at least 130 degrees). Once cooked to desired tenderness, remove from grill and place on a plate, cover in foil and let sit for five to 10 minutes before serving.
Tricks of the trade: To give your steak a professional look, Rainford suggests placing it on the grill at a 12 o'clock angle, then rotating to a 3 o'clock angle to get diamond marks before flipping once.
Seasonings: For grilled steaks, Rainford likes to use what he calls the 'Rainford Twist' -- 3/4 rosemary and 1/4 thyme for a fragrant and earthy seasoning.
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