- You’re overcomplicating your marinades. A proper marinade should have focus and clean flavor—not everything but the kitchen sink. Go with high-quality ingredients and keep it simple. Gooseneck Vineyards Wines make a great addition to your grilling arsenal. Just whisk about ½ cup of wine, ¼ cup olive oil, some garlic, fresh herbs and salt and pepper and you’re good to go! Remember, marinades should enhance the flavor of the meat, not hide it!
- You’re not using a clean grill. The best way to start is with a clean grill – and the easiest way to clean it is when it’s hot. So clean it after preheating, before you cook your next feast.
- You’re not preheating the grill. It may feel hot when you hold your hands above the flame but make sure the grills themselves are hot so you get a good sear.
- You’re overcooking your meat. Cooking meats to the correct temperature helps to make sure your food is safe. A grill thermometer is a lifesaver! Always make sure to cook items to the following temperatures:
Hot dogs: 140˚F
- You’re not letting the meat rest. It looks delicious and you’re starving, but let your meat rest for at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving. While meats are cooking, the heat firms up muscle fibers while pushing out liquid. That means if you cut that perfectly seared steak straight from the grill, all that flavor will just leak out.