Debunking the Most Common Outdoor Barbecue Myths That Exist Today

Did you know that 75% of Americans own a BBQ or grill?

Backyard cookouts are a mainstay of the American summer. Getting your buddies together to flame-grill some quality food with a cold one is something everybody looks forward to.

But to put together a great barbecue, you need to know the dos and don’ts. While there is a lot of hearsay surrounding how to pull off the perfect outdoor barbecue, our guide gives you the facts.

Read on as we debunk some of the most common myths about barbecuing.

Only Flip Steaks Once

Many cooks insist that a steak should only be flipped once, believing it ensures a flawless crust on both sides.

However, there is no scientific evidence to back up these claims. Turning the steak more frequently actually gives it a chance to cook more evenly and also prevents the meat from curling up on the sides.

If you want the perfect crust on your steak, turn it often and watch as the perfect sear develops. A quality spatula and other BBQ tools are essential for a good flip.

You Need To Wet Your Woodchips

Many BBQ novices believe that soaking wood chips before smoking is necessary to get a true smokey taste.

However, moist wood doesn’t actually smoke any better than dry wood. What you assume is smoke coming from the wood chips is really steam caused by evaporation.

According to experts, the blue smoke generated by high heat and dry wood makes for the best flavor. Using bone dry oak or applewood is guaranteed to impart an irresistible smokey flavor to any BBQ.

A Well Used Pit Adds Flavour

A poorly cleaned pit is not the same as your well-seasoned cast-iron pan.

An unclean grill produces a dirty barbecue since you’re just burning more oil and residual fat, which imparts an unpleasant flavor to your meal.

For the best results, you should clean your barbeque after every use. Use a scourer and food-safe cleaning solution as soon as your grill is cool for the easiest cleaning.

Use Barbeque Sauce to Marinade

While barbecue sauce is a delicious condiment enjoyed with your grilled meat, it doesn’t actually work as a marinade.

The high sugar content of BBQ sauce means it’s more likely to burn on the grill than impart any actual flavor. Furthermore, it can make a sticky, hard-to-clean mess on your grill.

Instead, use BBQ sauce as a glaze: slather on a few spoonfuls for the last minute or so of grilling to produce a delicious finish.

Outdoor Barbecue: Fact Vs. Fiction

So, that’s the debunk on a few common outdoor barbecue myths.

By separating fact from fiction, you can create delicious food for your friend and family at your next cookout.

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