Grilling season is in full force and in honor of Father’s Day weekend, we called in the experts at Metro Appliances & More and asked for a few grilling tips. They know a thing or two about cooking!
If you’re anything like us, you know there are two types of grills, charcoal and gas, but have no idea how they’re different. Our sponsors at Metro Appliances & More make it easy to understand. These tips are especially great if you’re considering purchasing a new grill.
- Adds a “smoky flavor” to your food. The heat from the charcoal creates a caramelized “bark” and thus a more smoky taste.
- Reaches a higher temperature than a gas grill (roughly 900-1200 degrees Fahrenheit). As a result, the outside of the meat is more crispy.
- It can be a little messier than a gas grill and can be more difficult to light.
- Some charcoal grills are portable, making it convenient to take with you to the park or camping.
- Allows more control in terms of temperature adjustment. Plus, the temperature is controlled by a dial, making it easier to maintain.
- Easy to start and heats up quickly.
- The gas burns clean, so the cleanup process is usually minimal (yay!).
- It can be more difficult to caramelize meat and achieve a crispy, smoky flavor because the temperature is not as high as with a charcoal grill.
- Cooks meat more evenly since the temperature can be manipulated.
With all the options and features, purchasing a grill can be a little daunting, but Metro Appliances has a large selection of grills and the fantastic staff at Metro can walk you through the entire process. Feel free to stop by (3252 N. Glenstone, Springfield) or give them a call at 1.800.668.6759.
Now that you have you’ve decided what grill works best for your family, it’s time for the fun part! Let’s eat! Sometimes we think the hardest part about cooking is deciding what to make, agree? Fire up the grill and give these easy recipes a shot:
- 1 pound chicken drumsticks
- 1 pound chicken thighs
- 1 bottle of Italian dressing
- 1 bottle of BBQ sauce (just use your favorite!)
Directions: Combine chicken in bowl and add Italian dressing until chicken is covered. Let it set overnight (ideal) or 3-4 hours. Fire up the grill and, on medium heat, put chicken on and cook 25-45 minutes (depending on how hot your grill is). When chicken is nearly done, start putting BBQ sauce on chicken. Turn and add more BBQ sauce. This should only take 10-15 minutes to finish chicken. During the last 10-15 minutes, watch closely so you don’t burn the BBQ sauce. Take chicken off grill and enjoy!
Ingredients: (Feel free to add your family’s favorite veggies or swap out for something that isn’t on the list.)
- 12 Portabella mushrooms, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 zucchini squash, cut into 1/2-inch slices
- 1 purple onion, cut in wedges
- 1 medium size eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch slices
- 1 each – red, yellow or orange and green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 cup bottled Italian dressing
Directions: Place vegetables in a large zippered bag or casserole dish with cover. Pour in Italian dressing, seal or cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Remove from marinade and place on hot grill. Vegetables can also be placed on skewers, if desired. Grill for about 12 minutes, turning at least once and brushing with remaining marinade.
Happy grilling, mommas!