Take Your Grilling Mastery to the Next Level with these Three Methods

When it comes to grilling, humanity has had thousands of years to come up with new, creative ways to complicate things. Admittedly, the majority of these complications are utterly delicious so I suppose it’s one of those times we’ll embrace complexity. Though the traditional meat-on-grates process can produce the most flavorful results, there are certainly some creative grilling methods worth considering. Let’s take a look at some of this tasty creativity in action.

Three Unique Ways to Grill Your Favorite Meals:

1. The Himalayan Salt Stone: Use of Himalayan salt stones have been increasing in popularity over the past several years. From sushi and ice cream presentation pieces to baking stones, they are quite versatile. Not only do they give your food great, minerally flavors, they also require little to no maintenance. Simply place the salt slab directly onto your grill and utilize the surface area for grilling. This method will lightly season your food while infusing it with smoky, grilling flavor. Items to cook on a Himalayan salt rock: Seafood, steak, eggs, asparagus, avocado, peppers, fruit, and poultry.

2. The Art of Skewering: While the process of making skewers may seem pretty obvious, there are certainly a few tips and tricks to make the process a bit easier. Before you begin, soak your wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes. This will both prevent the skewers from catching fire during the cooking process and eliminate splintering. If you opt for metal, it’s best to use square or spiral skewers to prevent the food from slipping off. Lastly, when preparing food on skewers, avoid over or undercooking by only mixing ingredients with the same cooking time.

Cedar Plank, Skewered Meat, and Salt Slab Presentation
3. The Plank: Generally associated with fish, planks give a great flavor to almost any kind of seafood, pork, poultry, beef, or wild game. It’s suggested to utilize woods with gentler flavors for seafood, medium woods for chicken and pork, and the most robust for beef and wild game. To prepare your plank, allow it to soak in water for 30 minutes. Feel free to experiment and try soaking the plank in other kinds of marinades. Once soaked, place the planks over an indirect heat source with medium heat. Alternately, you may consider heating the plank and flipping it to provide a slightly charred surface to cook your protein on. Check the temperature of your meat with an instant read thermometer to guarantee the proper temperature.

For more information on grilling and the tools you need for the perfect backyard BBQ, see our Backyard BBQ & Grilling Checklist.

Chelsea B. Sanz
Chelsea B. Sanz

Chelsea Sanz has lived in East Tennessee since her family moved here from South Florida just before she started high school. While she initially begrudged her new home state, she eventually realized she had come to not only love it, but to “bleed orange” as University of Tennessee Volunteers fans here like to say. She and her boyfriend Hunter, a trail worker for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, enjoy exploring the nation’s most visited national park and coming up with their own farm-to-table recipes.

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