Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Top 10 Barbecue and Grilling Tips

How to Get all Fired Up

Find out how to keep your steak juicy with the help of GAYOT's Top 10 Barbecue and Grilling Tips

Barbecue Tips, Tricks and Techniques

Whether you prefer to throw red meat or fish onto the barbie, here's a collection of useful tips from cookbook author John McLemore for keeping your ribs moist, your salmon juicy and your flank steak tender. His twenty BBQ tips are culled from his book, DADGUM, That's Good! Kickbutt Recipes for Smoking, Grilling, Frying, Boiling and Steaming.


1. Coat grill rack with non-stick spray or vegetable oil before preheating to prevent food from sticking.

2. When grilling fish, grill with the skin side down or on aluminum foil (coat with non-stick spray).

3. Red snapper is quick and easy to grill. But, make sure the grill and fish are well oiled, and handle carefully.

4. Salmon is a favorite for grilling, because it doesn't dry out. Rich in natural omega oils, you can pop it on the grill without oiling. Start by grilling the salmon skin side up. This allows the natural fat under the skin to be drawn into the filet, keeping it rich and moist.

5. If you're grilling scallops, use fresh ocean scallops. These should be a pinkish tan or ivory color, not unnaturally white.

6. Freshwater trout is great on the grill. The skin becomes thin and crispy and the meat is full of flavor.

7. To keep tuna burgers moist, choose the freshest tuna steaks you can find and serve them medium-rare to medium — don't overcook.

8. When grilling BBQ ribs, pork butt or tenderloin, cook unwrapped for 50 to 75 per cent of the cooking time to infuse smoke and flavor. The remaining time wrap with heavy aluminum foil to retain moisture and tenderness.

9. When grilling burgers and steaks, allow grill to get to a high temperature before placing food on grill. Let steaks or burgers grill several minutes prior to turning, which will sear in the juices.

10. When choosing an inexpensive steak, opt for flank steak rather than skirt steak, which can be tougher. Flank steak is thin and cooks quickly. They're usually marinated before being grilled. Wrap the steak in foil as it comes off the grill and let it stand for 10 minutes. Slice it thinly on a diagonal across the grain to sever the tough fibers and make the flavorful steak more tender.

DADGUM, That's Good! Kickbutt Recipes for Smoking, Grilling, Frying, Boiling and Steaming is available on amazon

For more information visit John McLemore's official website


by John McLemore

More BBQ Tips: 11-20

Related Content:
 All About BBQ
 Guide to Beef Cuts
Top 10 Barbecue Wines

PSG051611
UJDM050114

Check out our Brussels sprouts feature to learn how the nutrient-rich winter vegetable can help keep your immune system strong through flu season.

Eat like a caveman with GAYOT's Top 10 Paleo Cookbooks, which promote a gluten-free, low-carb diet based on healthy, whole foods.