Who doesn’t love a good backyard barbecue?
Juicy burgers, marinated steak, crispy barbecued chicken, and tasty buttered corn. It’s easy to please just about everyone with some kind of barbecue food. But not everyone likes to stand in front of a hot grill for hours.
Read more for grilling tips to make your entertaining easier.
Summer is the perfect time for outdoor entertaining.
Rather than cooking in the house, using your outdoor grill is often the choice. Throwing on some burgers and dogs for the family is simple. Things change though, when you are inviting extended family over or having a large backyard party. It can become stressful and complicated if you plan on grilling most of the food for a big group of guests. Your grilling problems are easily solved by hiring someone else to do all of the hard work for you. Your food is cooked the way it should be and you can enjoy your party and your guests! If you are having a very large group, you can also consider renting a six-foot grill when you hire the chef. If hiring a griller is not for you, see below for excellent grilling tips to do your own cooking.
9 Great Reasons to Hire a Grill Chef this Summer
- In the summer heat, no one really wants to stand in front of a hot grill sweating for several hours. So pay someone else to do it for you instead!
- Since the grill chef is there to concentrate on grilling your food, it will be cooked perfectly. The griller wont be distracted trying to do ten things at once while socializing and burning the food as a result.
- A grill chef is used to cooking a lot of food for a lot of people, they know how to time everything. The griller will cook burgers, dogs, sausage, chicken, steak, corn and asparagus for hours!
- The grill chef will usually help you to setup, organize and cleanup. This leaves you more time for spending with guests!!
- The grill chef gets to deal with all your guests that show up with their own gluten free rolls, all natural turkey dogs, piece of salmon to share, chicken burgers or the only kind of chicken someone will eat.
- The grill chef will not be drinking beers while talking with the guys and therefore your food will be cooked correctly. This is a great way to avoid having hockey puck hamburgers, ruined steak or undercooked chicken.
- The grill chef will also deal with your friends and family that need special grilling treatment. This includes a little more char on their chicken, the black and burnt hotdog, the really rare skirt steak, more cheese on this burger etc.
- When the grill chef is finished they usually go inside to wash dishes, put away food and straighten up your kitchen. Much less work for you!!
- The grill chef often leaves your grill cleaner than when they found it.
If you can’t hire a chef try the great tips below to make your own grilling easier.
Be sure to take into account the cooking times for various foods. Not all food will cook and be ready at the same time.
Plan the food to come in courses, since it can’t all fit on the grill at one time. For example, hamburgers and hotdogs first, followed by sausage and corn. Finish off with steak and grilled vegetables.
Some foods can be par cooked to lessen the grilling time like chicken, ribs, corn or potato. Pre-cooking helps to insure that these foods are cooked all the way through without taking up too much time and space on your grill.
Skewers can be fun and easy but don’t mix too many foods with different cooking times on one skewer. The result is often great veggies with raw chicken or yummy chicken with seriously charred vegetables! Those of you who have tried skewers know what I’m talking about.
If you are using skewers, remember to soak the skewers in water before using them. This prevents them from catching fire on the grill.
Grilling smaller veggies in a grill basket keeps them from falling through the grate. Brush them with oil before grilling.
For seafood, larger pieces are fine on the grill. For smaller pieces, making a foil tray helps the fish from flaking apart and falling into the grill. Skewers work well for shrimp and scallops.
If you want to try some different grill foods, romaine lettuce, Portobello mushrooms, thin sliced zucchini and broccoli are all delicious. For fruits, grilled peaches, nectarines, pineapple and watermelon are also tasty and a nice change from the ordinary!
Keep the inside of your grill clean to avoid fires and over-charred foods. Keeping the cover on your grill keeps it protected and looking like new for years.
My favorite skewers to make that everyone requests are chicken teriyaki and marinated grilled shrimp. These are easy to prepare and marinate overnight which frees me up for other party preparations. For the chicken, I use thin sliced chicken breast cut into strips and threaded onto the skewers. Marinate the skewers in any teriyaki sauce. For my shrimp, I marinate them in Chili Lime Vinaigrette Dressing made by Shenandoah Valley. I prefer to use the 8 inch skewers that are more of an appetizer size. These smaller skewers fit one chicken strip or 3-4 shrimp. Not only are they a good individual serving size, they fit better on the grill for cooking.
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What is your favorite food to grill, let us know!
Happy summer grilling to you!