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Grilling Greats for a Hot, Hot Summer

The weather is kicking into high gear and we couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s finally time for pool parties, summer vacations, and most importantly, cookouts! Summer was made for kicking back, throwing some delicious meats on the grill and enjoying the company of your family and friends. Who are you inviting to your summer cookout? This year, invite FoodyDirect! We’ve got the most delicious dishes for your grill plus some great tips on making sure you’re making the most of your grill.

Hot Dogs

The Grub

The centerpiece of any cookout is, of course, the food. You can’t have a cookout without cooking out! A Chicago Hot Dogs Kit should set you up nicely to open the festivities. You’ll get the dogs plus all the fixings. For those who like to think outside the box, Grandpa Pat’s Sausage Combo will set you apart. Hot and sweet Italian sausages are an excellent alternative for folks who don’t like hot dogs.

A cookout without burgers? Unheard of! Don’t be that guy. Opt for these beautiful Dry-Aged Angus Burgers from Honest Beef. No matter what toppings you add, these burgers are sure to shine. For a fancier shindig, these premium Maine Lobster Tails are from Sea Salt Lobster can elevate any backyard barbecue.

Maine Lobster Tails

Grilling Tips

Even if you’ve been grilling for years, it’s always good to have a technique refresher course. These tips will help you refine your skills before your next big cookout.

1. Safety First

Grills are an excellent tool, but they can also be very dangerous. Set your grill up at least 10 feet away from your home. Nothing brings down a party’s mood more than a house fire. Invest in a good grill brush and clean the grate before laying down any of that premium meat. You could start a fire with leftover burnt debris. Always keep a full fire extinguisher close at hand in the event of any fires.

2. Allow the Grill to Heat Up

How long are you waiting before laying on your burgers and dogs? With charcoal grills, you only need to wait about five minutes but gas grills require a little more time to get to top temperatures. We recommend waiting at least 15 minutes before commencing grilling. This ensures a better barbecue for your meats and veggies.

3. Invest in a Thermometer

No, we’re not talking about checking how hot the sun is beating down. Ensuring your meat is cooked to the right temperature could be the difference between a perfectly grilled burger and undercooked meat. A meat thermometer is essential for any expert griller!

4. Let Your Steaks Rest

Cooking steaks like these gorgeous Dry-Aged Ribeyes? Once you take them off the grill, don’t dig right in! Let them rest on a plate for 5-10 minutes. This allows the steaks to reabsorb a lot of the moisture they lost during grilling, resulting in a much juicier, flavorful steak.

Ribeye Steak

When you’re choosing from FoodyDirect’s premium quality meats, there are no wrong choices. These are the makings of a summer cookout that your neighbors will be talking about well into the winter months. What are you grilling up this summer?