Memorial Day BBQ Essentials
Whether you're a fan of sizzling ribs or spicy vegetable kebabs, Memorial Day is the perfect occasion for firing up the grill and having a good, old-fashioned barbecue. Follow these handy tips and tricks to guarantee that 2015 will feature your best barbecue yet!
Before firing up the grill, remember to have your grilling gear ready. If you're missing any of these basic grilling supplies, you should consider purchasing them before your first spring barbecue. Having the right grilling tools is essential for a safe and enjoyable grilling experience.
Tongs: Tongs are crucial for flipping meat patties, rotating hot dogs, adjusting kebabs and other basic grilling tasks. A good set of tongs are an indispensable grilling tool.
Heavy-Duty Spatula: BBQ experts advise all grillers to purchase a single heavy-duty spatula for grilling. Keep your light-weight plastic spatulas in the kitchen! A solid metal spatula is far better for flipping burgers on the grill.
Grill Gloves: A good set of grill gloves will protect your hands from the high temperatures and jumping flames encountered while grilling. For optimal safety, grill gloves are a barbecuing "must."
Grill Brush: Without a grill brush, your barbecuing season might go up in flames — literally! Good grillers clean their grill grates after every grilling session. For an extra-clean grill, consider scrubbing any remaining scraps off of the grates before grilling as well. If your grill brush is old, dirty and shedding wires, replace it as soon as possible.
Meat Thermometer: If you're prone to over- or under-cooking your meat, a meat thermometer just might save you a lot of stress this grilling season. A meat thermometer can be used to check the internal temperatures of your meat and will prevent it from drying out, which often occurs when grillers cut the meat to check for "done-ness."
BBQ Grilling Tips
Though becoming a barbecue "master" takes practice, basic grilling is quite simple. Consider following a few of these simple grilling tips to improve the success of your summer cookouts.
Keep your meat moist. Use a simple marinade or vinaigrette on your meat cuts to prevent them from drying out over the grill. For an effortless coating, simply brush olive oil, salt and pepper over your meat before setting it on the grill.
Pick tender cuts of meat. Even the best BBQ sauce can't mask a chewy, stringy cut of meat. Use high-quality meat for an optimal feasting experience.
Get creative with the grill. Many individuals stick to the basics while grilling, serving only chicken, hot dogs and burgers. Expand your repertoire this summer by exploring new grilling territory. Try grilling asparagus, eggplant, beets, pizza or even fruit! Almost anything can be prepared over a grill. Get creative and try something new. You might find the next best combination!
Easy Grilling Recipes
There are thousands of excellent barbecue recipes that can be found online today. If you're new to grilling, check out these Quick and Easy Grilling Collection for a wide variety of BBQ basics. From shrimp and chicken to corn and zucchini, dozens of foods can be prepared quickly and easily over the flame.
Rounding Up the Beef at Isle Casino Hotel Black Hawk
Some summer days are just too warm to be spent standing over a hot grill. For those afternoons that are better spent indoors, head over to Isle Casino Hotel® Black Hawk for excellent food and first-rate entertainment!
In honor of National Beef Month, Isle Casino Black Hawk is featuring a "Roundin’ Up the Beef" promotion! Head into your favorite Isle® Casino restaurants to enjoy mouth-watering beef entrées, including your favorite BBQ dishes. Stop by for a Bacon & BBQ burger at Tradewinds Marketplace® or a tender Porterhouse Steak at Farraddays® Steakhouse. Whatever it is that you're craving, you'll be sure to satisfy your hunger at any of our premiere restaurants.