To grill properly in Harlem you will need a few tools: a meat thermometer, grilling utensils, aluminum foil and grill cleaning utensils. Before you start grilling at the Mount Morris Park in your brownstone back yard, be sure to clean the grates with a grill brush. Use a moist towel soaked in cooking oil and rub down the grates as well to prevent sticking.
Chicken is a favorite on the grill because it can adapt to so many different flavors. Cook chicken on medium heat on both sides for 10 minutes, then for 5 more on each side after. To BBQ chicken baste on the last 5 minutes to prevent charring and burning.
Chops and Tenderloins can be cooked exactly like chicken. Be sure to use a meat thermometer to make sure that they are between 160-165 degrees. Ribs are a little different. Grill on medium high and sear meat to lock in the juices. To get ribs to pull off the bone, place them on the top cooking rack and set your grill to low. When they reach 160 degrees they are done!
Burgers and Steaks – Grilling Beef
When grilling burgers use about 4-8oz. of meat and form into 1/2 inch patties. Grill over medium heat for 4 minutes on one side and 3 on to the other. Don’t forget about the buns either. Toast lightly for the best bun. Sometimes it’s all about the steaks. First apply a light coat of oil and salt pepper and you are ready to grill. Cook the steaks 3-4 minutes per inch on each side. Flip using tongs and do the same on the other.
Light oil on your fish and grill will prevent sticking. Typically a grill basket is a great way to grill fish. On medium heat grill for 5-7 minutes on one side and 3-4 minutes on the other. Fish is done when it begins to flake with a fork. Another way is to use a grilling plank to add special flavors.
Grilling Vegetables and Fruits
Using skewers or directly on the grill any type of vegetable can get grilled. Usually about 3-5 minutes is a good amount of time to grill fruits and veggies.
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