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How to Cook Pork Chops on the Grill

Have you ever grilled a pork chop and have dry out by overcooking it on the grill? How to cook delicious pork chops on the grill can be foolproof if you follow these tips.

How to Cook Pork Chops on the Grill: Tips on Buying the Right Cut

[br]Before you do anything else you have to make sure you buy the right cut of meat. The best thickness for pork chops is between 1″ and 1-1/2 “. If the chop is less than one inch and you run the risk of overcooking, burning or drying out the meat. If your pork chops are more than 1-1/2 inches you run the risk of ending up with slightly raw meat. Whether you grill your pork chops without the bone or with the bone in is a matter of personal choice, but it appears that the majority of grilling experts prefer the bone in.[br][br]

How to Cook Pork Chops on the Grill: Tips on Preparing Your Pork Chops for Grilling

[br]A recurring problem when cooking pork chops on the grill is the meat losing moisture and drying out from cooking. One way to combat this problem is a process called “brining”. Mix up some brine, also known as salt water, with one cup salt for each gallon of water. Soak the pork chops in the solution overnight before cooking.

This will ensure that the pork chops will come out moist and soft every time. Pork chops are so tasty on their own that good old pepper and salt will more than suffice for many people. Of course you can experiment with various marinades and rubs.

How to Cook Pork Chops on the Grill: Tips on Cooking Your Pork Chops on the Grill

[br]First thing is to get that grill as hot as it will go. Then place the chops on the grill and sear them with the lid down. This usually takes one minute per side. Visually it means the meat browns and fat will crisp up. Finish them off 4 minutes per side on a low to medium heat with the lid down.

Your pork chops should be cooked and ready to eat except for one more important step than many people over look when grilling chops. You must allow them to rest for a while, at least ten minutes. By allowing your pork chops to rest, it allows them to begin cooling off. [br][br]When the chop begin to cool the moisture gets drawn back into the center of the meat making the chops thick and juicy, just the way you want them.  Hope you’ve learned how to cook delicious pork chops on the grill!

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How to Grill Chicken Wings

Summer is here and you need to learn about grilling chicken wings for your upcoming barbecue. Are you confident you can get grilled chicken wings right the first time?

Better not leave anything to chance. Learn fast with these quick and easy tips for grilled chicken wings the right way.

How to Grill Chicken Wings: Preparation Tips

[br]You can purchase whole chicken wings or wings already cut. Most people who have experience with grilled chicken wings prefer the variety that has already been cut. Cutting them yourself can be time consuming, even though the whole ones tend to be cheaper. If you decide you do want to cut them yourself you should hold the wing at the base and cut between the bones with a sharp knife.

With regard to seasonings and marinades, try branching out a little bit beyond the traditional BBQ sauces. You can use all kinds of products for a marinade like honey, brown sugar, and even lemon juice.[br][br]

How to Grill Chicken Wings: Cooking Tips

[br]One of the biggest difficulties with grilling chicken wings is dealing with flare ups and scorching. Flare ups are caused by melted fat from the meat dripping onto the coals of your fire. You can help to avoid this by removing as much excess fat and skin from the wings as possible prior to placing them on the grill.

If the grill starts flaring up while the meat is cooking, you can grab the wings with tongs and try to shake the fat off into the fire or onto the ground. You could even remove the wings from the grill entirely until the flare up dissipates. Bottom line: do whatever it takes to keep flare ups from scorching your wings and ruining the presentation of your meal.

Plan to rotate the wings every 3 to 5 minutes. When you think they are done cut one open and make sure that none of the meat inside is pink. Remember, poultry needs to be cooked all the way through before consumption.

How to Grill Chicken Wings: Serving Tips

[br]Just before serving, douse the wings with several generous swaths of barbecue sauce. You can even leave them on the grill for a couple of minutes afterward so that the meat has a chance to absorb some of the sauce. If you do choose to leave them on the grill just be sure and close all the vents to tone down the heat.

Following these simple suggestions for grilling chicken wings will enhance your skills and help take your grilling experience to the next level.

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How to Grill a Salmon Fillet

Are you looking for the wow factor for your next neighborhood cookout? Knowing how to grill salmon is the key.

Grilled salmon is a great addition to any barbecue event, and these easy to follow tips separate the chefs from the cooks.

How to Grill a Salmon Fillet: The Selection

[br]The most important thing is to pick the right salmon fillet, and the best cut of fillet comes from the head end of the salmon; tail-end fillets tend to be too thin and don’t work well on the grill. Though thick cuts are best (about 1 inch), don’t feel like you have to slice off the thinner end of the tapered fillet; some guests may prefer their salmon more done than others, and the thinner end fits the bill as it will cook through more quickly.

You can pick fillets with either the skin on or the skin off, depending on the recipe you use. Once you are confident that you know how to grill salmon fillet, you can experiment with different types of salmon and different cuts.[br][br]

How to Grill a Salmon Fillet: The Preparation

[br]Once you’ve decided whether you are going to leave the skins on or remove them, make sure all the bones are out; no one likes to get a bone in an otherwise tasty bite and then have to fish it out of his mouth. Rinse the fillets and pat them dry.

Apply any lemon juice, seasonings, and/or rubs to the fillets and let them sit for about 15-20 minutes before placing them on the grill; it is best to grill meat at room temperature to keep them from cooking too quickly on the outside.

How to Grill a Salmon Fillet: The Grilling

[br]You want the grill to be hot, hot, hot—about 500 degrees—before placing the salmon fillets on the grill. You also want to the grill to be clean, so take time to scrub away the remains of your last cookout and then apply a thin layer of oil, such as a cooking spray or oil rubbed on using tongs and a cloth.

You may even want to try your hand at using different flavored wood chips for a nice smoky taste. If you are using fillets that still have their skins on, start out cooking them skin side up for about 5 minutes over direct heat; then carefully flip the fillets using a spatula that is large enough to accommodate the entire fillet and cook another 5 minutes.

When the fish is pink and flaky, use the spatula to separate the fillet from the skin. Serve it up with your favorite side and you will prove to everyone that you know how to grill salmon.

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How to Grill Chicken Legs

Everyone loves a tasty drumstick at a cookout, and it’s not hard to learn the way to grill chicken legs.

Wings and legs are the all-time favorite game-time snack food, so fire up the grill and follow these simple tips for great drumsticks to beat the band.

How to Grill Chicken Legs: Cheer Time

[br]Let’s hear it for barbecued chicken legs . . . or marinated chicken legs . . . or lightly seasoned chicken legs. You decide. There are hundreds of recipes to choose from, from sauces to rubs to marinades to nothing but good old grill. To get complete coverage of the legs, try using a one-gallon plastic zipper bag when applying marinades, sauces, or rubs.

Depending on your preference, you can either remove the skins or leave them on; if you don’t plan on eating the skins after they are cooked, you may want to consider removing them before you apply any flavorings. No since throwing away all that great-tasting flavor. Either way, let your drumsticks sit in the seasonings for at least one hour.

How to Grill Chicken Legs: Half-Time

[br]Clean and preheat the grill. Then place the drumsticks on the hottest part of the grill and sear all sides; after searing, move the legs to a cooler part of the grill. If you are using a gas grill, simply turn the heat down; if you are using a charcoal grill, you may need to heap the coals to one side to give you a cooler area for barbecuing.

Again, if you are using a gas grill, feel free to put the lid down; if you are using a charcoal grill, you need to decide how much char flavor you want on the drumsticks. If you want a less smoky flavor, keep the lid up. If you are using a rub or seasoning that is not oil-based, you may want to lightly spray the grill rack to keep the legs from sticking.

How to Grill Chicken Legs: Game Time

[br]Once the drumsticks are on the grill, you need to watch them carefully; plan on checking them at least once every 5 minutes. Rotate the legs when a side has turned a nice brown, crispy color. Chicken legs take 20-30 minutes to cook, depending on the level of heat you are using; a meat thermometer in the meatiest part of the drumstick should have a reading of at least 165 degrees.

Now that you have demonstrated your chicken leg grilling skill, call the guys in for the game and eat up.

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How to Grill Salmon on a Gas Grill

The gas grill is not just for cooking hamburgers and hot dogs for the big game; step up your game by learning how to cook salmon on the grill.

Everyone loves to cook on a gas grill, and the more options you have for cooking outside means beating the heat of the kitchen inside.How to Grill Salmon on a Gas Grill

How to Grill Salmon on a Gas Grill: Pick It Up

When shopping for salmon, be sure to select thick, head-end fillets; about a 1-inch thickness is perfect for the gas grill. Depending on the recipe you are using, you may want to buy fillets with the skin still on.

After you have cleaned the fish in cold water and patted dry, add the flavor combinations you like best: lemon juice and garlic, seafood rubs, or even mayonnaise and season salts. Let your prepared fillets sit for about 15-20 minutes to reach room temperature before placing them on the grill.[br][br]

Salmon Grillin’ Set Up

[br]The key to a successful grilling experience, especially when it comes to fish, is a clean grill. Using a wire brush, scrub off the remains of your last barbecue extravaganza and oil the rack; a light cooking spray applied over the grill will keep the salmon from sticking to the grill. Another trick is to use heavy-duty aluminum foil on the grill, either as a packet or like a cookie sheet; this is especially helpful if you are using skinless salmon fillets.

You should still coat the foil with oil, unless you are using a recipe that calls for coating the fillets in mayonnaise. Preheat the grill and turn the burners to a low setting.

BBQ’n that Salmon: Cookin’ It Up

[br]It’s time to put the salmon on the grill. If you are using fillets with the skin still on, place the meat with the skins facing up. Close the lid of the grill, and let the fish cook for about 5 minutes; only open the lid when you are ready to flip the fish.

Then close the lid and cook for another 4-5 minutes. You know the salmon is ready when it is pink and flaky. If the skin is still intact, use a spatula to separate the fish from the skin. Then serve it up hot off the grill. Your family and friends will be amazed that you know how to cook salmon on the grill with all the expertise of a gourmet chef.

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How to Grill Chicken on the Stove

If you know how to grill chicken on the stove, you can bring that outdoor goodness right into your kitchen. All you need is the right equipment and the right techniques.

Here are some tips to help with grilling chicken on the stove.

How to Grill Chicken on the Stove: Start with a Cast Iron Grill Pan

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[br]Indoor grilling is a convenient and healthy way to cook while bringing out the fun and flavors of outdoor grilling. A grill pan, sometimes called a riffle pan, can convert any stove top into a grill. Get a good heavy cast iron grill pan that is already seasoned so it will not stick. These pans are cheap, easy to clean, easy to maintain, last a lifetime and it can be put right into the oven.[br]

How to Grill Chicken on the Stove:Start with Good Ingredients

[br]Do not compromise on the quality of the chicken. Get the best you can afford. Organically raised chickens are the best in both taste and healthy eating, but they are expensive. So called “all natural” is still quite good and a little cheaper. You should try, at the very least, to get free-range quality chicken.

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[br]If you have to settle for grocery store off the shelf chicken, search out the brand that injects the least amount water and other chemicals into the bird. You many also want to invest in a instant-read meat thermometer. With chicken, you have very little room between under cooked, with unpleasant thoughts of salmonella, and overcooked, with the meat having the dry, hard texture of footwear.
[br]The thermometer helps you find that narrow range of tasty juiciness that eludes so many cooks while giving piece of mind that the chicken is cooked thoroughly. Your indoor grilled chicken will be be guaranteed done at 165°F.

How to Grill Chicken on the Stove: Grilling it Right

[br]For perfectly grilled chicken every time use the following tips. Turn up the burner to high with the grill pan on top of your stove. You can heat it up until you have to turn on the exhaust fan because the pan is smoking a bit. Coat the chicken in olive oil and coat it with your favorite seasoning.

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[br]Put the chicken in the hot pan for one and half minutes per side so it is seared with distinct grill marks. Then turn the heat down to medium (375°F) and continue cooking. Usually it will be about five minutes per side, but be careful not to over cook. This is when the thermometer comes in handy and you can start checking for done chicken.
[br]After the chicken is finished, take it out of the  grill pan and let it set a while before serving. Cooling a little lets the juices flow back to the center of the meat, insuring it is soft and moist. You can serve it up and show everyone you know how to grill chicken on the stove.

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How to Grill Chicken on a Gas Grill

Most people think they know how to grill chicken – just throw the chicken on the grill until it is cooked and dried out. Here are some tips to keep that chicken moist, juicy and tasty.

Grilling chicken thighs on gas grill (or wings, etc.) is a traditional bbq favorite. With a little patience and care, chicken cooked over a gas grill can be a very special all season treat.

How to Grill Chicken on a Gas Grill: Be Kind to Your Bird

[br]Though chicken is one of the popular meats for grilling and bbq, it is also one of the most abused. Fear of under cooking drives many cooks to grill chicken into shoe leather. Plus, chicken dries out faster than most meats. Salmonella is a real concern, but it is not a good reason to turn chicken parts into hockey pucks.

You can be perfectly safe while leaving all those wonderful juices and flavors in the meat. A meat thermometer is a good inexpensive investment. When that chicken reaches 165°F you can rest assured the meat is cooked with the juices still flowing. With no thermometer, there is always the temptation to over cook for safety’s sake. We all want to be safe, but we do not have to destroy dinner to do it.

How to Grill Chicken on a Gas Grill: Some Certain Steps

[br]Wash the chicken thoroughly. Cover the bird with your choice of spices. Be sure not to miss any parts. Heat the grill to about 240° and coat it with oil. Place the chicken on the grill, close the lid and turn it about every ten minutes. After 30 minutes start checking the thermometer. The chicken is done when the inside reaches 165°F. At this point, the outside of the chicken will be golden brown.[br][br]

How to Grill Chicken on a Gas Grill: Tips on Indirect Cooking

[br]This can be done on any gas grill with multiple burners. Turn the burners up high and run for a few minutes until everything is hot. Turn a burner all way down and place the chicken over the turned off burner. Close the lid and let the grill do its thing. This method is a little slower, it takes about ten minutes longer, but you are less likely to accidentally over cook the chicken.

When grilling with gas, you have the luxury of greater control over the heat when compared to other types of grills. This is very helpful when you are cooking sensitive meat like chicken.

Here one final, but very important tip. When your chicken is done cooking, take it off the grill, put it on a serving dish and let it set for at least ten minutes before cutting it up. Cooling draws the juices back to the center of the chicken.

If you fail to let it sit, the meat in the center will be dry and hard. To be able to treat your family and friends to some great juicy chicken, you will need to know the best way to grill chicken.

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How to Grill Chicken in the Oven

Do you know how to grill chicken in the oven that rivals what you can on your outdoor grill? Here are some tips if you have to make grilled chicken in the oven.

If your gas grill or your charcoal grill are not available, ou can still get those dark grill marks and smoky flavors in your chicken, while keeping it plump and juicy. Learn to bbq chicken in the oven.

How to Grill Chicken in the Oven: The Key to Success

[br]To do it right, you need something that gets much hotter than those counter top grilling machines. The grilling machines might cook the meat, but you are never going to get that grilled look and the flavors that comes from searing the meat properly over high heat.

What you need to do is go out and get a good, heavy cast iron grill pan. It is best to get it pre-seasoned so it will not stick. These pans are cheap, easy to clean, easy to maintain and, very important, it can be put right into the oven.

How to Grill Chicken in the Oven: Buying the Right Stuff

[br]Get the best chicken you can afford. Organically raised chickens taste the best and their meat is the healthiest. Unfortunately, organically raised chickens are out of range for many peoples’ budgets. The next best is “all natural” and, if you cannot get that, free-range is good. If you must buy chicken off the shelf, get the brand that injects the least water and other stuff into the bird.

If you do not already have one, get an instant read thermometer. These are great for indoor (and outdoor) grilling, especially when grilling pieces of meat that are too small for a conventional meat thermometer. It also gives peace of mind for grilled meats that absolutely MUST be cooked thoroughly like pork and poultry. Your indoor grilled chicken will be be done at 165°F (if it is different, ignore the suggested temperature on the thermometer – chicken is done at 165°F).

How to Grill Chicken in the Oven: Cooking Your Chicken

[br]Follow the basic tips here and you should have perfect grilled chicken every time. Heat the oven to 375°F and heat the grill pan on the top of the stove on high heat until it is smoking hot (you might turn on your exhaust fan).

Coat your chicken pieces with olive oil. Apply salt and black pepper or season the chicken with your favorite spices or rubs. Put your chicken on the grill for 90 seconds per side. Do not overcook.

Do not move the chicken around in the pan so you have those nice grill marks. Finish it up by putting the pan in the oven for 8 to 10 minute or 165°F on the thermometer. Take the chicken out of the pan so it doesn’t overcook. Set the chicken aside for a few minutes to allow the juices to be drawn back to the center of the pieces. When you know how to grill chicken in the oven, you can make any meal special. Now, go and tell others how to make grilled chicken in the oven!

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How to Grill Asparagus on the Grill

Learning how to grill asparagus? What is the secret to grilling asparagus on the grill? Here are some great tips for grilling asparagus.

If you employ a little patience and do it right, grilling asparagus spears can be a great nutritious summer time treat.

How to Grill Asparagus on the Grill: Getting Things Ready

[br]When getting things together for grilling asparagus, the first thing you need is some fresh asparagus. You will need some butter or olive oil. Of course you will need a grill. As far as spices, many people like asparagus with salt and black pepper. Asparagus takes on spices very well and you are free to add whatever you prefer. Some spices that are found to go expectionally well with asparagus are cumin, garlic, thyme and oregano.[br][br]

How to Grill Asparagus on the Grill: Picking Out and Storing Your Fresh Asparagus

[br]When picking out asparagus for grilling, freshness is the key. When asparagus begins to lose freshness it quickly loses flavor. You know asparagus is fresh when the stalks are firm and straight. Also the tips should be totally closed. When picking out asparagus for grilling, you should prefer the ones with fatter stalks.

They are easier to handle on the grill and will not fall through the grate as easily. Refrigerate  asparagus in a plastic bag with a wet paper towel wrapped around the lower part of the stalk. Asparagus will stay fresh in your refrigerator for three to four days.[br][br]

How to Grill Asparagus on the Grill: Grilling Your Fresh Asparagus

[br]One  plate or shallow dish, pour in melt some butter or some olive oil. Add spices spices to the butter or oil and roll the asparagus spears in the mixture. If you have time leave them in the mixture for about 20 minutes while covered with a paper towel so they can soak up the mixture. Individually place the asparagus spears on the grill.

Be sure to place them in way so they will not slip through the grate. The spears should not be over a direct flame or high heat. After the about four minutes on each side, the asparagus should become pliable. When the stalks start to become soft, they are done. Set the asparagus aside for a while to cool and reabsorb the juices.
[br]Hope you enjoyed learning how to grill asparagus!

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How to Grill Chicken Drumsticks

There are many ways to learn how to grill chicken drumsticks. Follow these tips and you will have delicious grilled chicken drumsticks every time.

Children and adults alike enjoy grilling chicken drumsticks. Serve up a delicious grilled chicken drumsticks recipe at your next outdoor bbq and you will be a hit with everyone.

How to Grill Chicken Drumsticks: The Key is Good Marinade

[br]The marinade for the best chicken legs usually has a Teriyaki base. The main flavors are soy, ginger and garlic. A popular method is to put the chicken legs in a large plastic zip bag with the marinade, though any bowl or container will do as long as the legs can marinade for an hour or two or until they are ready to use.[br][br]How to Grill Chicken Drumsticks

How to Grill Chicken Drumsticks: Getting the Grill Ready

[br]Just a note: Free range chicken has a better taste than industrial produced chicken; organically produced chicken has a better taste than free range chickens. Granted, organically produced chicken is too expensive for many budgets, but if you can manage free range.

Be sure to start with a good clean grill, because you do not want any flareups with chicken drumsticks. Go ahead and fire up the grill, it can be either gas or charcoal. If you have a gas grill, set the temperature to medium.chicken, it is highly recommended over industrial produced chicken.
[br]For charcoal make a well-distributed flat bed of coals. The chicken will go directly over the coals. With gas, close the grill and allow it to heat up. With charcoal, make sure the coals are thoroughly heated through.

How to Grill Chicken Drumsticks: Tips on Grilling Your Chicken Drumsticks

[br]Using tongs, place the chicken drumsticks on the grill. Close the lid on your grill. After five minutes, turn the chicken drumsticks over, close the lid and cook for another ten minutes. Chicken, unlike beef, must be cooked thoroughly because of the potential for harmful bacteria. To test to see if the chicken is done, peal back the meat on a chicken drumstick to the bone.

If you see any pink in the meat, you need to return the chicken to the grill for a few more minutes. If you are using a thermometer, the inner temperature should be 160 F degrees. Like most meats, you should allow to set a few minutes to allow the juices to return to center of the meat. Hope you enjoyed learning how to grill chicken drumsticks!

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