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3 BBQ Grilling Tips to Make it Easier than Ever

3 BBQ Grilling Tips to Make it Easier than Ever

BBQ grilling is a regular activity for family and friends, especially during weekends and holidays. This is why BBQ grilling tips will always come in handy for everyone. Here are a few tips that you need to know in order to make the task easier than ever.

1. Preparing the Grill

Never reuse the plate that you used to place raw meat. Wash every plate and utensil that you used to handle raw meat for hygienic purposes. If you like to use charcoal for grilling then you need to line the inside bottom of your grill with aluminum foil before putting the briquettes. This will help you clean up the griller once the process gets done. The only problem with this is that there will not be enough oxygen when lighting the charcoal because the holes are covered up.

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Having a fan by your side should easily fix the problem. Keep a bottle of water nearby in case the fire becomes uncontrollable. Better be safe than suffer accidents. When using a smoker, do not keep on opening the cover in order to maximize the heat gathered inside. If you are wary about the meat’s condition then just remember the old saying that goes “If you’re looking, it ain’t cooking.”

2. Preparing the Meat

If you want to have a crispy and savory skin when grilling chicken, then apply some butter or oil on the skin along with some seasoning before putting it on the griller. The grease will help cook the skin but will help avoid it from getting burnt. When cooking steak, keep in mind that lean steak cuts are tougher to cook when well done. They are much designed for medium rare or rare cooking. Take advantage of marbling to make the meat juicier.

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Marbling is the process of melting small bits of fat when cooking so that its oil will add up to the meat flavor. This is why there are steak cuts containing fats in between the meat. Bacteria can easily gather in raw meat, so you should not leave seasoned meat out of the refrigerator if you are still not about to grill the meat. When thawing, it is advised to take the meat out of the catering freezer and keep it in the refrigerator overnight.

You can also choose to submerge it in water as long as it is not seasoned. Avoid piercing the meat when grilling because the flavor and seasoning inside the meat could spill out during the grilling process leaving the cooked meat with fewer flavors. When grilling vegetables, coat them with butter and sprinkle a bit of salt before wrapping them with an aluminum foil. This will securely cook the vegetables on the griller without worrying about having them overcooked.

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3. Proper Grilling and the Marinade

Apply barbecue or tomato-based sauces that contain sugar in the last minutes of grilling. This will avoid blackening of meat but still retain the flavor that you want to achieve out of the sauce. A lot of people love to munch on rare or medium rare steaks but the same concept of grilling cannot be applied for hamburger patties. Burgers should always be well done because bacteria could be present in ground beef, it is not advisable to leave it half-cooked.

There are different BBQ Grill sauces and marinades available in the market these days. However, you should not rely on them alone in order to have tasty barbecues because you would still need the help of natural spices and condiments to compliment the packaged sauce or marinade. Salt will eat up moisture so it is not advised to add salt to the meat while it is being grilled to avoid it from getting tough and dry. There are no set standards when it comes to marinades and flavorings for a barbecue, so feel free to experiment until your desired flavor is achieved.

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Featured photo credit: Hamilton Beach via hamiltonbeach.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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