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10 Grilling Hacks Only Top Backyard Grillers Know-And Now You (Plus a Bonus Hack!)

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

  2. Hack 1: Preheat the Grill Properly

  3. Hack 2: Use a Two-Zone Fire

  4. Hack 3: Master the Marinade

  5. Hack 4: Let Meat Reach Room Temperature

  6. Hack 5: Use a Meat Thermometer

  7. Hack 6: Keep the Grill Clean

  8. Hack 7: Oil the Grill Grates

  9. Hack 8: Let Meat Rest After Grilling

  10. Hack 9: Use Wood Chips for Smoky Flavor

  11. Hack 10: Experiment with Grilling Fruits and Vegetables

  12. Conclusion

  13. Bonus Hack


Grilling is more than just a method of cooking; it's a beloved tradition that brings people together. Whether you're hosting a summer BBQ or simply enjoying a weeknight dinner, mastering the grill can make your meals memorable. However, achieving that perfect char and juicy interior requires more than just basic skills. In this article, we'll share 10 grilling hacks used by top chefs to help you transform your BBQ game. By incorporating these tips, you'll elevate your grilling prowess and impress your friends and family.

Hack 1: Preheat the Grill Properly

One of the most common mistakes people make is not preheating the grill long enough. Preheating is crucial because it ensures that your grill reaches the right temperature for cooking. This step helps to sear the meat quickly, locking in juices and flavors.

Tip: Preheat your grill for at least 15 minutes before placing any food on it. This allows the grates to get hot enough to create those beautiful grill marks and prevents the food from sticking.

Hack 2: Use a Two-Zone Fire

Creating a two-zone fire is a technique that top chefs swear by. It involves setting up your grill with two temperature zones: a hot, direct heat zone and a cooler, indirect heat zone. This method gives you better control over the cooking process.

Tip: On a gas grill, this can be achieved by turning on one side of the burners and leaving the other side off. For a charcoal grill, push the coals to one side of the grill. Use the direct heat zone for searing and the indirect zone for cooking through without burning.

Hack 3: Master the Marinade

Marinades are essential for adding flavor and tenderness to your meat. They work by breaking down the meat fibers, which makes the meat more tender and juicy. A good marinade typically includes an acid (like vinegar or citrus juice), oil, and seasonings.

Tip: Try a basic marinade with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and herbs. Let your meat marinate for at least 30 minutes, but not more than 24 hours, to avoid over-marinating, which can make the meat mushy.

Hack 4: Let Meat Reach Room Temperature

Before grilling, it's important to let your meat come to room temperature. This ensures that the meat cooks evenly. Placing cold meat on a hot grill can result in an overcooked exterior and an undercooked interior.

Tip: Take your meat out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before grilling. This small step can make a big difference in the final result.

Hack 5: Use a Meat Thermometer

Achieving the perfect level of doneness can be challenging, but a meat thermometer takes the guesswork out of the equation. It's a reliable tool that ensures your meat is cooked to the right temperature.

Tip: Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat without touching the bone. Here’s a quick guide to ideal internal temperatures:

  • Beef: Medium-rare at 135°F, Medium at 145°F

  • Chicken: 165°F

  • Pork: 145°F

Hack 6: Keep the Grill Clean

A clean grill is essential for great-tasting food and safety. Leftover food particles and grease can cause flare-ups and impart unpleasant flavors to your food.

Tip: Clean your grill grates with a grill brush before and after each use. For a deeper clean, use a mixture of baking soda and water, and scrub the grates thoroughly.

Hack 7: Oil the Grill Grates

Oiling the grill grates prevents food from sticking and creates attractive grill marks. It also helps to enhance the flavor by creating a slight char.

Tip: Use a high smoke point oil like canola or grapeseed oil. Dip a folded paper towel in oil, use tongs to hold it, and rub it over the grates. Be sure to oil the grates when they are hot for the best results.

Hack 8: Let Meat Rest After Grilling

Resting meat after grilling is a crucial step that allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a juicy and flavorful bite.

Tip: Let your meat rest for about 5-10 minutes after removing it from the grill. Cover it loosely with aluminum foil to keep it warm.

Hack 9: Use Wood Chips for Smoky Flavor

Adding wood chips to your grill can infuse a delightful smoky flavor into your food. Different types of wood chips impart different flavors, allowing you to customize your grilling experience.

Tip: Soak wood chips in water for about 30 minutes before using them. Place the soaked chips in a smoker box or wrap them in aluminum foil with holes poked in it, and put them on the hot coals or gas burners.

Hack 10: Experiment with Grilling Fruits and Vegetables

Grilling isn't just for meat. Fruits and vegetables can also be delicious when grilled, adding a unique flavor and texture to your meals.

Tip: Try grilling fruits like pineapple, peaches, or watermelon, and vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini, and corn. Brush them with a little oil and season with salt and pepper before grilling.


Grilling is an art that can be mastered with a few simple hacks. By preheating your grill, using a two-zone fire, mastering marinades, letting meat reach room temperature, using a meat thermometer, keeping the grill clean, oiling the grates, letting meat rest, using wood chips, and experimenting with fruits and vegetables, you'll transform your BBQ game. These tips, used by top chefs, will help you achieve delicious, perfectly cooked meals every time you grill. So fire up the grill, try out these hacks, and enjoy the process of becoming a BBQ master. Happy grilling!

Bonus Hack

RitzWerks now offers two solar-powered grilling accessories that not only improve your grilling but also run on 100% free, clean energy. Offset Moose, the solar-powered accessory that turns any offset smoker into a controlled machine. Just like your pellet grill Offset Moose promises temperature control that has never been accomplished in offset grilling. Power Moose, our other product, makes any pellet grill wireless by providing solar power and allowing you to throw away your extension cords.








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