It is Memorial Day weekend and it is time to get your grill on. But before you go throw your meat on the heat, you need to check your grill and clean it out.
What you need
Don’t fall for fancy grill cleaning equipment. In the end, all you need is steel wool and a stiff wire brush. Use non-toxic cleaners or mild dish detergent. Remember you are going to cook your food on that thing and you don’t want powerful chemicals messing up the flavor of your steak.
Where to clean
It doesn’t have to be sparkly clean, but a clean grill helps control blockage, buildup, and ensures that your grill actually fires up on the big day.
Meat on the cheap
Everyone is feeling the pinch these days and the last time we saw the price of a rib-eye, we wept. Here are some good cheap cuts of meat that will grill up nicely for you.
Marinades and rubs
Don’t buy your marinades or your rubs. Ever. There is no need. You can make simple delicious marinades and rubs at home. Here are our favorite recipes.
Spicy Asian Marinade from Epicurious.com
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine or sake
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried chile flakes or hot chile paste
1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
Mix together and marinate!
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 tablespoons ground white pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon garlic powder
Mix together and rub down your meat and let it sit for at least 8 hours overnight.
The key to good grilling is planning ahead. Don’t rush it. Let your grill heat up and start marinating your meat the day before. Also, check out Epicurious’ Grilling 101 for more great grilling tips.