Best Grilling Tips for your July Fourth BBQ

IMG_2429 (1)July Fourth is here and we want to address a very important part of that celebration: grilling. America’s biggest celebration deserves a good ol’ fashioned BBQ! We set out to find the best grilling tips, where to get the best meat to grill and where you could enjoy the best grilled food in our neighborhood. And here’s what we found.

Grilling basics: 

  • Get it hot: Turn the grill on several minutes before you want to begin grilling. You want the grill nice and hot for when you begin.
  • Oil it up: Grab a paper towel and soak it in oil, grab it with tongs and rub it over the rack to avoid the meat from sticking to the grill.oil_grill_tip5
  • Dry it off: Pat your meat dry with a paper towel before you place it on the grill to get the perfect sear.
  • Let it rest: When the meat has reached your desire done-ness, let it rest for a few minutes to allow the juices to settle.
  • Use it: Grill pans are great for giving vegetables and fruits the smoky flavor we all love, without having them fall through the rack.
  • Warm up: chefs suggest to warm up your meat by taking it out of the fridge for 20 minutes before you begin grilling.

Where to get your meat

The number one grilling tip our neighbors at the farmers market gave us was that the most important part of grilling is to get quality meat. Which is why you should skip the grocery store and go straight to the source: the butcher. Not only will you save time avoiding the crowds, but you’ll get quality meat and will have supported a local business! Butcher Shop Cafe will have everything you need exactly how you need it.

Our other favorite, if you want to grill fish or other seafood, is Tim’s Seafood. Located on Parkplace Center. They recommended Salmon, Snapper or Mahi Mahi for grilling from their current seasonal collection. They also have some great mussels and clams perfect for the grill or some scallops perfect for Kebabs!

You have your key grilling tips, and you have your meat—all you need now is the right recipes to make your July fourth BBQ the perfect one. Here are our top five recipes for Independence Day:babyback-ribs-5

  1. Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken Kebabs
  2. Beer Marinated Grilled Steak
  3. Grilled Cilantro Lime BBQ Wings
  4. Grilled Veggies: Zucchini, Carrot, Mushroom and Peppers
  5. Chipotle Baby Back Ribs

Lastly, the drinks! Eater Seattle has a fantastic list of the best mixed drinks for July fourth. Tried and tested by the best bartenders. Looking for more summer and barbecuing or drinks recipes? Follow our Pinterest Boards!

What are your plans for Independence Day? Do you have any grilling tips or secrets? Share them with us in the comments!

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