Is your steak or patty not getting grilled as per your expectations? Does it lack the smoky flavor or chariness you’d love after a grill? Well, that’s most likely because you have haven’t tried every trick in the book yet.

BBQ Grill

Here are a few alternative grilling tips to take your BBQ parties up a notch that nobody’s going to tell you.

1. Using soda for basting

Who would have ever thought soda would make the perfect base for your meat, right? But truth be told, it does. Reduce soda over low heat, let the water dry out and the sugar flavor remain but only start basting towards the end of the cook.

That’s because if you do it too early the sugar is more likely to burn and form a crust that’ll make you even hate pizza forever.

2. Underground Grilling

Here’s a grilling technique that has been in use since ancient times but not much popular anymore due to the advent of much faster and efficient grills but if you’re all about tender meat and the rusty, smoky flavor, this one technique worth a shot.

All you need to do is dig a hole. Add in a few members and get it heated up. Then get an oven rack covered with foil with your meat cuts placed atop. Cover the meat with a suitable object and cover the hole with the dug up mud. Cooking time is around 3-4 hours.

3. Avoid Oversmoking

Well, the whole point of grilling or using a smoker is to get the smoky flavor into your meat, isn’t it? But overdoing it can have the opposite effect. Oversmoking your veggies or meat can make them taste bitter and burnt.

Avoid too much smoke build-up on the grill. Also, maintaining heat is important and thus do not keep opening the lid to check on the meat.

4. Use the Charcoal Kettle grill for smoking

Continuing on the topic of smoking, not all grills can be used for smoking but if you’ve been using a charcoal kettle grill you’re in luck as it does quite an efficient job as a smoker too.  All you need to do is push the coal to one side of the grill. I’d recommend you get a Weber charcoal grill for your kitchen.

The food gets cooked through the smoke rather than the flames. The smoke breaks down the connective tissues and collagen and renders the fat out thus giving you a juicy, tender meat.

5. Brule for caramelization

Getting the charry look can’t always be achieved on the grill especially if you’re a first-time user but what’s a grill without that right? This is where a Brule comes in handy. A small Brule torch will not only add to the look but also improves the flavors of the meat.

When using a Brule torch or have to flip meat on the grill it’s best to use welding gloves. These prevent both cuts and burns making cooking easier as compared to tongs, chopsticks etc.The grilled meat is best enjoyed with crafted beer so don’t forget to check out the article about crafted beer.