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Grill Like a Pro: 5 Tips for Boosting Your BBQ Game

Be the best barbecuer on the block with these tricks from grill king Brian Misko.

Any burger-loving idiot can operate a barbecue, but it takes finesse to turn a backyard cookout into a meal to remember. We asked House of Q’s Brian Misko (who shared a few of his amazing recipes with us for our July issue) to dish out some expert advice. Take heed of the following tips, and you’re well on your way to some elevated grill work.

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Rhubarb-Marinated Pork Tenderloin
Don’t just guess if your rhubarb-marinated pork tenderloin is ready—use a thermometer!

TIP #1: A good, accurate digital thermometer is how backyard cooks become masters. Remember, temperature is measured at the tip, so make sure that it touches the right spot—the middle of a chicken breast, for example, rather than the bone.

Award-Winning Apple Burger
Form the patties for these award-winning apple burgers, then stick ’em in the freezer.

TIP #2: After forming the patties, put them in the fridge or even the freezer. Leave ’em there for 30 minutes or up to an hour. They’ll retain their shape better when they’re cooking.

Smoke-Planked Perogy Potatoes
These smoked perogy potatoes are cooked on planks. Keep a spray bottle nearby.

TIP #3: Keep a spray bottle handy when cooking with planks. A quick spritz will both extinguish fire and keep other flare-ups from occurring.

bbq tips
Don’t dig in right away—giving your meat a chance to rest will result in a more tender final product.

TIP #4: Give your meat a rest. Let your meat sit for a while after you cook to allow the proteins to loosen up—it’ll become much more tender. (An eight-ounce steak or chicken breast will only need a few minutes to relax, but a longer-cooking item, like a turkey, will need more time.)

hawksworth burger condiments
Homemade condiments, like chimichuri or burger butter, will take your backyard cookout to the next level.

TIP #5: Branch out beyond ketchup and mustard. Homemade condiments (like these delicious sauces from Chef David Hawksworth) are quick and easy to make, and will infintely elevate your burger.

Ready to take on the grill? Try out these awesome recipes from Misko’s new cookbook, Grilling with House of Q.

 

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