Become a Grill Master This Labor Day with Essential Tips

by Anna Dunn

Nothing beats a good barbecue on Labor day weekend. It’s the perfect way to say goodbye to summer.

If you want to impress your friends and family with your grill skills this Labor day, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some tips to help you become the grill master you’ve always wanted to be.

Make Sure You Prep Right for Your Labor Day Grill Sesh

Impatience can seriously hurt your grill skills, seriously. Before getting grilling, you need to make sure you have a great space so you can do so safely and make things tasty.

First, if you have a gas grill, make sure you have enough propane. Nothing is worse than realizing you’re running low when it’s too late to make the trip to the store.

Secondly, you have to ensure a safe grilling experience. Now more than ever, it’s important to wash your hands and sanitize any workspace before getting started. No guest wants unsanitary food, pandemic or no pandemic. Also, make sure there’s a fire extinguisher nearby. You don’t want your labor day to end in flames.

Next, make sure your veggies are chopped and everything is prepared before lighting up the grill.

Then, make sure your grill is nice and seasoned to prevent your food from sticking. Another great way to make your grill nonstick is by getting a few potatoes and rubbing them on hot grill grates to keep your food from sticking on the grill. It’s a great trick for light meats like fish and chicken, which are both prone to stick.

Finally, you’re ready to get grilling and start the Labor Day fun!

Make your Grill a Smoker

If you want to try something new this Labor Day, you can cook something different with indirect heat. For example, if you want to cook ribs, pork shoulder, chicken, or brisket, you can add some hickory or applewood chunks to a charcoal grill to make it a smoker.

If you’re cooking something big, you can put the coals and wood on the side and then place an aluminum pan in the middle to catch the drippings. That helps keep the wood clean. Try covering the grill with the vents on the hood and wait a couple of hours or so until the meat is done.

What you’ll get is some absolutely delicious smoked meat.

Grill with Cast Iron

Grilling burgers with a cast-iron skillet can make them absolutely mouth-watering and seriously up your grill game for the holiday weekend.

There are tons of reasons to put a cast-iron skillet on the grill. It prevents flare-ups that happen when the fat from the meat drips down from the grill.

Potentially the best part, however, is it stops your patties from getting dry. The fat that drips through the grates not only causes flareups but takes away flavor from the burgers, making them drier. With a skillet, you’re cooking patties in their own fat. Plus, the skillet is still on the grill, so your burgers will still have that same smoky taste.

Remember that There are a Ton of Ways to Grill

Finally, remember that there are tons of ways to become your own grillmaster. And grilling doesn’t stop at hamburger patties. You can even try grilling some fruit if you’d like.

These tips can help you make waves over Labor Day, but the most important part of any celebration is to stay safe and have fun.