Let’s face it: No matter how many times we take to the barbecue every season, we still find ourselves second-guessing the perfect temperature for hamburgers, wondering how to create those perfect grill marks on steak and looking for ways to reinvent classic macaroni and potato salads. Well, Food Network has the ultimate cheat sheet for you this summer season.
Experts from our very own Food Network Kitchens will come together to address these perennial grilling problems on Food Network’s Facebook page this Saturday from 12 pm to 12:30 pm EST.
From dry chicken to tips for cooking food over direct and indirect heat, our experts from Food Network Kitchen will be offering helpful solutions and delicious recipes to take you beyond Labor Day.
Do you have a question you need answered? Head to Food Network’s Facebook page this Saturday from 12 pm to 12:30 pm EST.
Last year, we polled FN Dish readers: Burgers or hot dogs for Memorial Day weekend? While 44 percent said they would be indulging in both, 35 percent said they were all about the burger. To ensure you cook up tender and juicy burgers this upcoming long weekend, we asked the “Magician of Meat” Pat LaFrieda, Jr. to offer up some tips.
5 Things to Avoid Doing to Your Burger
• Never place your burger on a grill that is not preheated. Always make sure your grill is hot enough and ready to cook on before placing the burger down. Too often people turn on the grill and immediately place the meat down to start cooking — and the end result is never pretty. If the grill is preheated to the right temperature, you’ll notice the difference.
Don’t do these four things to your burger
This Memorial Day weekend, as you fire up the barbecue and host the first backyard cookout of the season, think beyond basic burgers and hot dogs — though there is nothing wrong with either of those classics — and let other main dishes shine in your holiday spread. We’ve rounded up five must-try meat and fish recipes, for beef, pork, trout and more, that can be quickly and easily cooked on the grill. Check out Food Network’s favorite selections below and tell us what you’re grilling this Memorial Day weekend.
The ultimate in finger-lickin’ barbecue, the Neelys’ Wet BBQ Ribs (pictured above) are juicy, succulent and fall-off-the-bone tender. The secret to cooking these saucy beauties is to grill them over indirect heat in a slow-and-low process, allowing the meat to become soft and rich. Pat recommends basting the ribs during only the final 30 minutes of cooking, so as to prevent the ketchup-vinegar-brown sugar sauce from burning.
More favorites for Memorial Day
Upgrade your barbecue sauce with help from six legendary pit masters.
Memphis-Style Barbecue Sauce (pictured above)
Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous (52 South Second St.; 901-523-2746) is famous for its spice-rubbed ribs, and John Vergos, son of founder Charlie, still smokes them the way his father did when he opened the place in 1948: He cooks the pork ribs over oak charcoal briquettes, bastes them with a mix of vinegar and water, and seasons them with a paprika-heavy spice blend before serving with the sauce on the side. “Our sauce is not too heavy,” he says. “I like the little mustard and vinegar bite.” The recipe is a long-held family secret, but chefs in Food Network Kitchens ordered a few bottles and reverse-engineered the recipe.
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Even though Labor Day has come and gone, you can still utilize your grill. Top perfectly grilled pork chops with an arugula and grape salad. Sprinkle your final dish with gorgonzola cheese.
Get the recipe: Grilled Pork With Arugula-and-Grape Salad
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This summer, Food Network’s Grilling Central is packed with recipes for the entire family’s taste buds, boasting the best in burgers, dogs, chicken and more all season long. But with so many recipes, where do you start? Each Friday, FN Dish is giving you a complete menu that is stress-free, and for dinner this weekend, we’re ditching the barbecue sauce and marinating chicken in fresh herbs, garlic and lemon juice.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly meal on the grill, purchase chicken legs — they’ll also cook up faster. While the total cook time for these babies is more than two hours, that is inactive time — time that the chicken is soaking up the flavor of the marinade in the refrigerator. Once the chicken is placed on the grill, dinner will be on the table in less than 30 minutes.
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A brown Betty is a dessert that dates back to Colonial times and is made from fruit and sweetened crumbs. Here, panko is combined with brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and ginger.
Get the recipe: Grilled Rhubarb Brown Betty
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You won’t even need a bowl for this on-the-grill version of the classic banana split. It’s brushed with butter and sugar, smothered in melted chocolate and topped with ice cream, whipped cream and, of course, a cherry.
Get the recipe: Grilled Banana Splits
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If you’re looking to keep your kitchen cool this summer, but don’t want to miss out on your favorite pasta dishes like lasagna, try experimenting with no-cook noodles. Becoming tender with just a drizzle of water inside a foil pouch, you can layer with whatever sauces, cheeses, meats and veggies you like.
Get the recipe for: Grilled Lasagna
Browse more of Food Network’s grilling recipes for summer.
This summer, Food Network’s Grilling Central is packed with recipes for the entire family’s taste buds, boasting the best in burgers, dogs, chicken and more all season long. But with so many recipes, where do you start? Each Friday, FN Dish is giving you a complete menu that is stress-free and will be tableside quickly. This weekend, dinner will be ready in under 40 minutes.
Main Dish: Sunny’s Grilled Smoked Pork Chops With Sweet and Sour Glaze (pictured above)
Side Dish: Tomato Salad With Cheese Crisps
Dessert: Bobby’s Grilled Peach Cobbler
Drink: Blended Cherry Mojitos (in honor of Summer Fest)
Planning on making one of these dishes? Snap a photo and post it on Food Network’s Facebook wall.