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Grilling Tips and Techniques

by Nicole Buckley

Few things beat the sizzle of a hot grill and the aroma of delicious meat wafting through the air. Grilling is not just a cooking method; it's an art. Whether you're a seasoned grill master or a novice just starting, these grilling tips and techniques will help you achieve perfection every time.

Starting with quality meat is the foundation of a great grilling experience. Visit your local meat market and choose fresh cuts with vibrant color like a filet mignon, or the perfect marbling that you can find on a porterhouse. Quality meat ensures a flavorful and juicy result that the whole family will love! 

Seasoning meat before grilling is a crucial step in enhancing its flavor, tenderness, and overall appeal. Seasoning provides an opportunity to be creative with your cooking. You can experiment with different spice blends, marinades, or rubs to customize the flavor profile according to your preferences. Here at Farmingdale Meat Market we have a plethora of all the right rubs! Come on down and pick up some Kosmos Dirty Bird Rub, Rufus Teague Chick N’Rub, Stubbs Pork Rub or a bag of some chili lime Wing Dust.

Before tossing that beautiful boneless NY strip on the grill you are going to use a grill brush to scrub off any residue. Clean grates prevent sticking and impart a cleaner flavor to your food. After cleaning, dip a folded paper towel in oil and (using tongs) rub it over the grates to create a non-stick surface. This will help prevent lean meats from sticking to the grill.

Always make sure your grill is hot! Adding food to a hot grill will give it a wonderful sear on the outside while keeping it perfectly juicy on the inside.

Achieving those coveted grill marks as seen on this cowboy steak is an art. Place your meat on the preheated grill at a 45-degree angle to the grates. After a few minutes, rotate the meat 90 degrees for that professional crosshatch pattern. Flip and repeat on the other side.

Video on how to achieve the perfect grill marks

Make sure to invest in a meat thermometer. Avoid the guesswork by using this handy device. Different meats have specific internal temperature recommendations. This ensures that your food is not only safe to eat but also cooked to perfection.

It may be hard to resist the mouth watering scent of that juicy steak you just cooked up but remember, patience is key. Allow your meat to rest after grilling to let the juices redistribute. Cutting into it too soon can lead to a loss of flavorful juices. Resting times vary but aim for at least 5-10 minutes. 

Don’t forget to have some famous Peter Luger Steak Sauce or our own Farmingdale Meat Market’s All Day Sauce on the table when you're ready to dig in!

Mastering the grill takes practice, so don't be afraid to experiment and make adjustments based on your preferences. With these tips, you're well on your way to becoming a grill master extraordinaire. Happy grilling!

- The Gang at Farmingdale Meat Market