by Kristin Porter of Iowa Girl Eats
This summer, Cheese & Burger Society is sponsoring a series of weekly guest posts bringing you lots of great backyard barbeque and grilling tips from around the country to celebrate the return of the Green Bay Packers Football Sweepstakes! Be sure to enter at CheeseAndBurger.com for your chance to score the MVP prize package worth $8,500. Also, enter the weekly Football Fanatic Giveaway on the Cheese & Burger Facebook Page for your chance to win multiple prizes, including an authentic Packers helmet or elite jersey.
’Tis the season for grilling, chilling, and pretty soon, tailgating! Whatever you decide to cook at your next grilling get-together, follow these simple tips to make sure your food scores as high as your team does.
- Start with a clean grill to make sure food doesn’t stick. Preheat the grill, then use a heavy-duty brush to gently scrape the grates clean. Next, carefully brush vegetable oil over the grates using a paper towel held between grilling tongs for the perfect non-stick grilling surface.
- Resist the temptation to keep opening the grill lid while cooking meat – especially cheeseburgers. Open the lid once to add the meat, a second time when it’s time to flip and add some cheese, then a third and final time when the meat is done cooking. Similar to opening the door to an oven, every time you take the lid off the grill, valuable heat escapes!
- Fresh veggies like asparagus, zucchini, and summer squash don’t require a whole lot of oil when grilling. Lightly brush prepped vegetables with olive oil, season with salt and pepper or grill seasoning, and then place directly onto grill grates, against the grain to prevent them from falling through. Rotate or flip occasionally until tender to get great grilled flavor without adding a whole lot of extra fat.
- Ready to get grilling? Try The Heartland Cheeseburger – a mix of fresh sweet corn on a smoky bacon burger covered with sliced Wisconsin Cheddar cheese.