When you're grilling foods, it's possible that the cooking process can create _______ chemicals.
Scientific studies show that some grilled foods produce carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemicals. Some ingredients, like olive oil or even cherries, have been shown to reduce the amounts of these harmful chemicals.
How should you oil your grill's grates before you start cooking?
With a sprayer attached to a garden hose
With an oil-soaked paper towel and tongs
Oiling your grate before you grill will help prevent food from sticking to the cooking surface. Fold over a paper towel into a small square, soak it in the oil of your choice (like olive oil, not Quaker State) and lube up that grate.
"Planking" involves grilling food directly on ______.
A chunk of granite
A piece of wood
Planking means that you're placing meat on a piece of wood, which transfers some its flavor to the food. The wood must be soaked in water prior to the cooking process so that, you know, it doesn't catch fire.
How should you check your meats to make sure they're thoroughly cooked?
Prod them with your finger
Use a meat thermometer
If you've never read any of the horror stories about health problems that can develop from eating undercooked meats ... well, don't start now. Trust us, use a meat thermometer so that you know the meat is thoroughly cooked.
How can you create BBQ-like smokiness on a charcoal grill?
Put meats directly on the charcoal
Throw chunks of hardwood on the charcoal
Charcoal grills have a wonderful trait -- if you put chunks of a nice hardwood, like hickory or mesquite, right on the coals, it will produce a nice smoke that adds a smoky profile to all of your foods.
You can gauge a grill's heat by holding your hand over it. If you want a very hot grill, you should only be able to hold your hand over the grill for about _____.
If you can hold your hand about 5 inches above the cooking surface for roughly three seconds, you have a very hot grilling surface that's probably 450 degrees or hotter. That's perfect for searing meats (or if you're so inclined, your hand).
If you're grilling and the flames flare up, what should you do?
Squirt water all over it
Add a fine mist of kerosene
Close the grill cover
Flare ups are usually small and caused by dripping grese. Often, they'll burn off after a minute or so, but if not, close the grill cover to suffocate the flames (and avoid setting your property on fire).
Which wood tends to create the most smoke for very strong smoke flavor?
Mesquite is a very heavy wood that creates a lot of flavorful smoke. It's so potent that some experienced chefs will only use it for equally flavorful meats (like brisket) for fear of overpowering the food.
On which type of grill is it easier to maintain a consistent temperature?
Propane gas grills are wonderfully easy to use. Set the temperature and they'll cook at a consistent heat. Charcoal, though, requires constant attention as you stoke the fire or suffocate it a bit in an effort to keep the heat levels just right.
What should you do immediately after removing a steak from a hot grill?
Put it into a blender
Let it rest
See that nice, juicy, perfectly-cooked steak? Don't cut into it immediately unless you want those juices to wind up on your plate. Let the meat rest for a few minutes before you chomp. Your mouth will thank you.
True or false, it's possible to get a nice wood-smoke flavor on a propane gas grill.
It takes a bit of work, but you can achieve a smoky flavor using a gas grill. Throw some wood chips (such as hickory or mesquite) into a foil packet. As the packet heats up, it will create smoke that flavors your meats.
True or false: Cooking with charcoal always lends a distinctive smoky flavor to foods, especially compared to gas grills?
In some circles, it's practically heresy to say it, but charcoal doesn't always equal smokier food than gas. Both grills achieve a bit of smokiness, not from their fuel source, but rather from the greases dripping down onto the flames.
Should you clean your grill's grates after every time you cook?
Pick off the big pieces of food left behind. But if you leave the charred stuff, it will actually protect against rust. Then next time you fire up the grill, wait until it gets hot and then brush off the bits of gunk.