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It’s summertime, and that means it’s time to get out and grill. If you’re new to grilling, you’re going to have to practice, practice, practice in order to get better at grilling. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Gas or Charcoal?

Think about whether you want a gas or charcoal grill. Both give you that grill flavor, but there is a little bit of a taste difference. Some people prefer the “cleaner” taste of a gas grill, while others love the richer flavor you get from charcoal. If you do use charcoal, go with an untreated charcoal, as opposed to briquettes, which have a lot of additives.

Preheat the Grill

Always make sure to preheat your grill at least 15 minutes before you put anything on. Temperature is really important, and maintaining an even temperature is critical for cooking meat and vegetables properly. A hot grill will ensure a good sear and good caramelization which equals good flavor.

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Brush the Grill

Every time you use the grill, you should brush it down with a grill brush beforehand. If you do it while the grill is warm, any leftover remnants will come off more easily. It’s good practice to brush the grill after each use while the grill is still warm.

Oil the Grill

It’s a great idea to oil the grill before you do anything else. Never use cooking spray on a lit grill. Oil a paper towel and then use tongs to move the towel along the grill. This will help keep foods from sticking.

Be Safe

No matter what, your safety is most important. That means following outdoor fire safety rules as well as food safety guidelines. Avoid cross-contamination when it comes to raw meats, and always make sure you have water or a fire extinguisher on hand.

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