Chef Aaron McCargo Jr.’s Tips To Perfect Your Next Grill Session

As a seasoned chef, the Food Network’s Aaron McCargo Jr. knows his way around the grill. Here are his secrets to a perfect grilling session.


Light the Grill Correctly…

If you are using a charcoal grill, make sure the coals are heated. Use the right amount of lighter fluid so you’re not adding it while you cook.


Brush your Grill…

Wipe the grill with an oiled towel.


Don’t Rush It…

Let the heat do its job.


When You’re Grilling Steaks…

A lot of chefs say to give the steak about 20 minutes or a half hour, but take the steak out about an hour before grilling. You really want the steak to be room temperature. You don’t have to worry about getting sick as long as it’s slightly cool. If the steak is too cold, it will do one of two things: stick to the grill or, if there’s too much oil on the grill, you’ll get black soot on your steak. I’m not saying you have to take the protein outside, but leave it in your kitchen for about an hour or so.


For Your Steak Marinade…

Don’t put a lot of salt in your marinade. It takes out the moisture in the steak and makes it tough.

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