In 1776 the United States declared itself independent from Great Britain. Since then, this day has been remembered for America’s birth of independence and BBQing has been one of the most common activities across the U.S to celebrate. UniAmerica Insurance has 5 tips for BBQing this fourth!
1. DON’T USE A GAS GRILL
You can cook barbeque through direct heat, indirect heat, with charcoal, with wood chips, or with split logs—but one thing that most experts agree on is that a gas grill isn’t the way to go. “The smoke is an ingredient in itself,” writes chef and TV personality Valentine Warner.
2. USE WOOD FROM FRUIT TREES FOR EXTRA FLAVOR.
Add fruit tree wood chips to your charcoal. Fruit woods are give a sweet flavor that goes excellent with poultry and ham. You can chose from apple, cherry, grape, peach and more.
3. SOAK WOOD CHIPS IN WATER BEFORE COOKING.
Soaking wood chips makes a lot more smoke and takes longer to burn. This should take about 30 minutes. Wrap them in an aluminum foil “burrito” and put them in your grill. The water content makes the chips produce more smoke, which increases your flavor.
4. DON’T CHECK THE TEMPERATURE REPEATEDLY.
The proper technique for cooking barbecue can be summed up with three words: “low and slow.” Be patient. As the saying goes, if you’re looking, it ain’t cooking. You can mop the meat every hour or so with your sauce and check the temperature while you’re at it.
5. LET THE MEAT SIT BEFORE EATING.
Let the meat sit after removing your meat from the grill. This allows for the juices to settle and keeps the meat from drying out. Do not cut until you are ready to immediately serve and eat.
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