Marinate in the refrigerator; never at room temperature.

• Marinate in a food-safe plastic bag or non-reactive container such

as glass or ceramic, not aluminum.

• Marinate less tender steaks such as flank for 6 hours to 24 hours.

• Tender steaks such as sirloin can be marinated 15 minutes to 2

hours, just to flavor the meat.

• Grill steaks over medium heat about 5 inches from the heat


• Turn once during cooking using tongs or a spatula; do not use a

fork, it could pierce the meat and allow juices to run out.

• Cooking can take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, depending on

thickness and desired doneness.

Recipes • Marinate in the refrigerator; never at room temperature.

• On slabs of ribs, remove the membrane on the bone side to allow

marinades to penetrate.

• Boiling ribs for a couple of hours before marinating and cooking

ensures tender grilled ribs.

• Both pork and beef ribs can be marinated for a couple of hours or


• Slow grilling over indirect heat in which the ribs are not placed

directly over the heat source but to the side of it, with the lid

closed, is preferred.

• Turn the ribs frequently using tongs.

• Grill 1 to 2 hours, depending on rib type and grill.

Recipes • Marinate in the refrigerator; never at room temperature.

• Fish or shrimp need only 20 to 30 minutes to marinate; some larger

thick fillets can marinate an hour or more.

• Over-marinating seafood can cause the flesh to become mushy.

• Cook fillets until they flake easily with a fork and are opaque

throughout, about 5 minutes per side per inch thickness. An internal

temperature of 155° F is desired.

• Grill baskets are great for delicate or small foods such as


• Shrimp cook in about 4 minutes; baste with butter or oil to keep


Recipes • Marinate poultry pieces 30 to 60 minutes.

• If using tomato-based BBQ sauce, brush on during last 5 minutes of

cooking to prevent burning the sauce.

• Grill chicken over direct medium heat.

• An internal temperature for breast meat of 170° F and 180° F for

legs and thighs is preferred.

• Estimate about 7 minutes per side for boneless breasts, bone-in

legs about 20 minutes per side.

• All vegetables can be marinated in the refrigerator in an oil and

vinegar based dressing or marinade for up to one day.

• If not marinating, brush grill grate with vegetable oil before

grilling to help prevent sticking.

• Cut vegetables into uniform size pieces so they will cook evenly.

• Grilling sweetens and intensifies the flavor of fresh vegetables.

• Grill over medium heat, turning frequently, until crisp and

tender. They should pierce fairly easily with a fork.

• If cooking hard vegetables like potatoes, briefly boil them before

grilling to speed up grilling time or to ensure they will be done at

the same time as softer vegetables if grilling together.