Memorial Day weekend, usually resulting in an extra day off of work, is the perfect time to make new memories with your friends and family. What could be a better way to spend your time off than kicking back and relaxing at your very own Memorial Day cookout? If you’re hosting your first cookout or want to learn how to sharpen your grilling skills this Memorial Day, you’ve come to the right place. The following six skills will help you become a master griller for the ultimate Memorial Day bash (and all of your other summer barbecues to come)! 

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

No matter what you’re grilling, you’ll need to have the right essentials on hand. You may already have these items in your kitchen, but if not, you can head to the grilling section of your favorite supermarket to grab a pair of tongs, a spatula, a thermometer, and a grill brush. You should also decide which type of charcoal you want to use for your Memorial Day cookout. Business Insider mentions their top picks for classic lump charcoal and briquette charcoal, which typically burns longer and takes less time to light than lump charcoal. We recommend briquettes if you need to grill in a hurry!

Step 2: Scrub Your Grill

Before any food touches your grill, you should give it a good scrubbing to make sure everything is nice and clean. No one wants to eat off of a dirty grill, so keep your guests happy and healthy by giving it a quick bath before your cookout. With a bucket of soapy water, your grill brush, and a little bit of elbow grease, you’ll have a clean grill ready for use in no time.

Step 3: Set Up High-Heat and Low-Heat Zones

Did you know that different types of food require different levels of heat while cooking on the grill? To make sure that your cuts are cooked properly, you should set up high-heat and low-heat zones to avoid burning your spread. Steaks, burgers, kabobs, and vegetables cook perfectly in a high-heat zone, but if you’re doing any barbecuing, you’ll want to cook your barbecue low and slow to let it take its sweet time in a low-heat zone.

Step 4: Start Seasoning 

No matter what you plan to cook, make sure to rub some olive oil on your grill before you start flipping to keep anything from sticking to the racks. Then, season your meats and vegetables to add some delicious flavor. Sometimes all you need is salt and pepper, but feel free to add your favorite spices and seasonings for an extra kick. Have you ever tried ABC Insurance Agencies’ Bayou Blast seasoning? It’s full of Cajun flavor and perfect for your Memorial Day cookout. Pick one up with a free car insurance quote at your local ABC store! 

Step 5: Grill and Chill

Here comes the fun part: grilling and chilling. Now, you can hang out with your friends and family as you flip burgers and turn steaks. Have some lawn games ready for your guests to enjoy, like corn hole, badminton or ladder golf, and soak up the warm sunshine at your memorial day cookout. As you grill, remember to start in a high-heat zone and move your food to a low-heat zone to finish cooking for the perfect grilled flavor.

Step 6: Let Your Food Rest

Good things take time, which is why grilled chicken and beef need to rest for about 10 minutes after they are done cooking before your cookout crew digs in. However, veggies don’t require resting and can be enjoyed right away. Resting your meats will result in flavorful, juicy cuts that will crown you as the ultimate master griller.

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