- Don't cross contaminate foods. Use a separate cutting board for your meat, chicken and seafood. Along those same lines, do not use the same plate for cooked food that you used to bring out the raw food without washing it first.
- Was your hands after handling raw food.
- When cleaning your grill don't forget to remove the grates and get rid of any ash or bits of food. This will actually help improve the flavor of your food.
- To reduce calories, you can remove chicken skin after it is cooked. If you remove the skin prior to cooking it will be tough & dry.
- Be sure to give your grill enough time to warm up. While a gas grill will heat up quickly, charcoal can take up to 30 minutes. It is essential the grill be at the right temperature prior to placing meat on it.
- Use a vegetable based grill spray or brush your grill grates lightly with oil to prevent food from sticking.
- To reduce the chance of over-charring, apply your bbq sauce during the last 10-20 minutes of cooking.
- For a little extra flavor toss a few wood chips over the coals, or if using a gas grill take some soaked wood chips then place them in a tin foil pouch. Poke a few holes with a fork and place the pouch directly on the burner.
More tips and tricks to come. :)