10 Grill Hacks by Evan Wexler, COO of Steakhouse Elite
Grilling season is upon us, and what better way to get prepared than brushing up with some grill hacks by seasoned veteran, Evan Wexler, COO of Steakhouse Elite.
- It’s important to get the grill extremely hot. If you hold your hand 3 inches from the grill grate ensuring you are NOT close enough to burn or harm yourself and start counting “1 Mississippi, 2, Mississippi…” and so on. If you have to say “ouch” or move your hand because of the temperature then your grill is properly pre-heated.
- When grilling out at a tailgate freeze some water bottles to keep your food cold. You can use the water for cleaning, drinking etc. as it melts also!
- Fancy up your dog! Stick a skewer through your hot dog, cut some slits in your dog and create a spiral dog. It’s easier to cook and is a huge hit with the kids.
- Fire in the hole! To extinguish any possible grill fires, your best bet is to close the top of your grill. Your grill’s lid will limit the amount of oxygen feeding the fire and help eliminate the flare up.
- Use residual heat to your advantage! The grill stays hot for a while even after your done grilling so use your remaining heat from your grill to keep burgers, dogs, and even buns warm.
- Use a muffin tin to dispense condiments. The muffin tin will eliminate the number of dishes you have to wash and keep all the options for condiments in one place.
- Or if you’re on the go use an empty paper 6-pack container to hold the essentials like mustard, ketchup, napkins, and cutlery!
- Don’t run out of propane! If you want to check the amount left in the tank you can boil some water, tilt the propane tank, and pour the water on the SIDE of the tank. Now you place your hand on the side of the tank where you estimate the fuel level to be. Where you feel coolness following the hot water being poured on it indicates there is propane at that part of the tank.
- No grill brush? No problem! Crumple some aluminum foil to the size of a golf ball, place between your tongs so you have a handle and brush away!
- Or use an onion to clean your grill! While the grill is hot take an onion half and use the cut side to scrub residue off the grate. The onion’s oil will help break down the grime on your grill as well as leave some flavor for the next time you choose to grill out.
Evan Wexler, COO of Steakhouse Elite, is a second-generation food service and meat industry innovator. He has more than three decades of experience in the meat innovation industry. He and partner Ty Freeborn started their company Steakhouse Elite to enhance American classics with flavorful Kobe-style beef to deliver a true lifestyle upgrade at an affordable price. For more information on where to find Steakhouse Elite near you, visit Steakhouse Elite.