This weekend we celebrate Independence Day and many families will gather to celebrate with a good meal. If you are thinking on having a barbeque during the weekend, Chef Lourdes Castro of ViveMejor.com and author of three cookbooks including, Latin Grilling, shares great tips to make your barbeque a big success. Here are some great grilling tips:
Fire up your grill
Before firing up your grill, think on safety measures. Remember that smoke can be annoying so place your grill away from your guests, especially from children and pets.
Those with little or no experience grilling may want to start with cuts like skirt steak. It comes with some fat that helps to easily cook it without burning the meat easily. Just look for good quality meat, avoiding meat that looks gray or appears to be dry. Season with salt and pepper, and serve with a good sauce to surprise your guests.
There are sauces that can also serve as a marinade for your meat. Try Chimichurri or Cuban Mojito as marinades for your meats! You can place the meat with the marinade in a sealable plastic bag so that it absorbs the flavors best. Remember that red meats and pork should be marinated from 30 minutes to 24 hours before grilling, and poultry and fish should be marinated for a maximum of 20 minutes.
Begin grilling red meats with more connective tissue as they take longer to cook for consumption. From there you can follow with poultry meats and finally with fish. Sausages are cooked last because are ready to eat with less cooking time.
Clean your grill
After you are done grilling it is very important to clean your grill so it is ready for the next time you need it. Gas grills are easy to clean, just turn on your heat setting to high for 10 minutes until the remains are carbonized. Then brush to remove residue and you are all set!
For more tips and recipes for this 4th July weekend, visit ViveMejor.com.
Happy 4th of July!