Outdoor Cooking in Kyle TX — You Know The Grill! | Grilling Tips | Austin TX MLS | Agent Aaron @ 512-845-4204
Part of the draw — and real joy! — of living in and around Austin TX is the lengthy outdoor-living season.
Here in Kyle TX, we recently purchased a grill. We haven't had one for a few years, and it has been a welcome respite from using the oven for nightly meals.
I had resisted getting a grill because we have yet to complete — OK, start even — our outdoor living space transformation. We have no overhangs for our back door, which faces west. So, as you probably can imagine, the sun just hammers the backyard. I am guessing here, but I think that on a hot day, with the sun directly above the house, the backyard is probably 10 degrees hotter than the front of the house.
No, I'm not kidding! If only I were ...
Anyway, we are not the only people who live in Kyle TX that have this problem, of course. One way other families handle this situation is to use their grill in front of the garage. Already, a lot of garages in homes in and around Austin TX — certainly here in Kyle TX — have garages that were converted to living spaces complete with sheetrock, fans, fridges, high-def TVs, and furniture.
Driving around town in Kyle TX on a Friday night can be quite entertaining, what with the friendly neighbors and wonderful, smoky cooking aromas wafting about.
I remember about 20 years ago, I got my first grill. I thought using it would be foolproof, but I was sadly mistaken! When you live in Texas, especially as a transplant from another state, you feel the heat, if you will. Oftentimes people have to go it alone, fearing the onslaught of torment they might face if admitting they are anything but a great griller.
So, I am going to share some of what I have learned over the years of grilling. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears have passed; a lot of meat has landed in the garbage.
So why not take advantage of my mistakes? Why not, my ex-wife certainly did. Again, I digress. =)
- Don't waste your money on a giant grill; it's too much space to heat.
- The stainless steel on the outside isn't important, but stainless steel grates are, um, great! In any case, try to get a grill with grates that are not painted or coated. Trust me, those coatings will end up on your food, and in your stomach.
- Turn on the grill for at least 5 minutes on high (10 minutes is excessive) to turn the leftover bits of food to carbon that is easily brushed off the grates.
- Brush off the grates (oiling them is unnecessary if you do the following steps).
- Before grilling any kind of meat, leave it on a covered plate at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
- When grilling meat, brush on vegetable oil one one side (the grill-down side of course), to help reduce sticking.
- If cooking marinated meat, pat dry with food-grade paper towels and then brush with oil.
- For great grill marks, leave on untouched for 15-25 seconds, then move the meat pieces about 30 degrees (or a couple of inches). This will make great crossed grill marks, like a pro!
- After the grill marks are complete, reduce heat to medium.
- Resist the urge to press, poke, cut, or move the meat while it cooks.
- When cooking chicken — especially boneless, skinless breasts — it's important to take a few extra steps to avoid meat that is burned on the outside and pink in the middle. Just sear the grill marks on each side, then turn one quadrant of the grill off (or to low if it is a huge grill) and move the chicken to the off/low side. This allows the breasts to cook with indirect heat, so there is time for the middle to get thoroughly cooked without burning the outside.
- Always use tongs — not giant grillin' forks — when grilling. Keep those juices IN the meat!
- After you turn over the meat, move it after 5 seconds to reduce sticking, but then leave it alone.
If you do all these things, and skip this last part, you will not be nearly as happy with your results. I know you, the rest of the family, your friends, and even your coy-yet-uninvited neighbor will be really hungry, but it is essential that you let the meat rest for 5-10 minutes on a plate, covered in foil, before you cut it in any manner.
Best wishes for your grilling success!