From steaks and sausages and slabs of ribs, to burgers, hot dogs, pork chops, and chicken, there is no meat that doesn’t taste fantastic cooked on the grill. But don’t just toss on a porterhouse and hope for the best. Get our help at various points along the way and learn how to make perfect grilled meat.
Beginning with safe food storage and handling (because nothing wrecks a summer BBQ like salmonella) and continuing through the first kiss of marinade (or dusting of dry rub) to the actual cooking process, to the final stages of pairing your grilled protein with the perfect sides and wine, these guides will help you nail every detail.
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Here’s a brief pocket guide with notes on grilling nearly every type of meat (plus some other things for good measure), for when you just need a little reminder. See our Brief Guide to Grilling Almost Anything.
Marinades can be multi-purpose, but there are certain ingredients that pair best with specific proteins, both in flavor and in what they do to the structure of the meat itself. So check out our primer on How to Marinate Meat for Grilling, According to Chefs.
The answer may seem obvious, but there are interesting differences in what each can do for your meat (and veggies!)—and you should know when to use which one, or maybe both. Learn all about The Difference Between Rubs and Marinades.
Making your own marinades is fairly easy, but when you’re crunched for time, these store-bought options are all delicious. See our picks for Best Marinades On the Market.
Similarly, when you want a dry rub, you’ve got a lot of great options available to purchase too, whether you’re seasoning steak or salmon. See our list of The Best Grilling Rubs You Can Buy.
Expandable grill grates and lava rocks can make your gas grill burn way hotter, resulting in even better steaks and burgers. See How to Hack Your Gas Grill to Burn Hotter.
Smoking meat is a whole different animal…er, activity, than grilling. If you’ve never tried it, it can seem intimidating, but here’s a basic overview so you can DIY with confidence. Learn How to Smoke Meat for Beginners.
Drilling down, let an expert teach you the finer points of perfect smoked brisket. It’s not only an art and a science, but a time commitment—and so totally worth it. See our Guide to Smoking Brisket Like a Pro.
We’ve published a lot of grilling recipes over the years, and it’s hard for us to pick favorites, but not so for our community members. So take a look at The Most Popular Grilling & BBQ Recipes on Chowhound.
We called on the wisdom of the crowd for time-tested, easy ways to ensure a perfectly moist burger every time. Check out 7 Tips & Tricks for Perfect Juicy Burgers.
There’s nothing wrong with a classic kosher dog, but it’s even better spiral-cut for maximum surface area and helping toppings stay in place. See How to Spiral-Cut Hot Dogs for Grilling.
Just for fun, or for when you’re bored with all the usual standbys, try something different, like alligator sausage or ostrich over open flames. Get our guide to The Most Interesting Meats to Grill at Your Next BBQ.
Are you a vegan BBQ lover looking for a new summer fling? Or a diehard carnivore who has no idea what to cook for your vegetarian BBQ guests? Either way, you’ll be happy to have this list on hand. See our picks for The Best Meat Alternatives to Grill This Summer.
Not everyone has access to a great butcher, but luckily, there are several high-quality meat subscription services that will deliver prime cuts of beef, chicken, pork, and more straight to your door every month. See our guide to The Best Butcher Subscription & Meat Delivery Services. (And see CNET’s picks for The Best Coolers for Summer 2019 if you need to take it on the road.)
It can be tricky to pair smoky flavors and intense BBQ sauce notes with wines, but we asked some experts for their top picks, and they delivered. Check out The Best Affordable Wines to Serve with BBQ & Grilled Food.