The outdoor cooking season is here, which means warm nights, warm company and the opportunity to take your grilling game to the next level. Whether you’re building an outdoor kitchen for the whole family or on the apartment patio, Lowe’s has what you need to create a memorable cookout.
For more inspiration, Lowe’s caught up with four of the country’s most sought-after chefs for their innovative grilling secrets and recipes. Here are some techniques worth digging into:
Matt Barry, Pitmaster at Midwood Smokehouse (Charlotte, NC)
Matt Barry is the executive pitmaster and chef behind the craft barbecue at Midwood Smokehouse, a Charlotte staple rooted in the barbecue traditions of the Carolinas.
His Secret: “Don’t Peek! Let the protein cook like it’s supposed to without lifting the lid. Don’t be afraid to invest in a quality meat thermometer or get a grill that has one built in. There’s no shame in wanting the perfect temperature.”
Katie Coss, Executive Chef at Husk Restaurant (Nashville, TN)
Katie Coss is the recently appointed executive chef at Husk, a nationally acclaimed Nashville restaurant that celebrates and explores the essence of Southern cooking.
Her Secret: “Remember that charcoal is a major component to the taste of your protein, so make sure not to use cheap charcoal! Also, give your charcoal plenty of time light and try to avoid using a lot of lighter fluid.”
Shawna Morrison & Said Tiji, Owners & Chefs at Monster Dogs (Seattle, WA)
Shawna Morrison and Said Tiji are the husband and wife duo behind one of Seattle’s most beloved hot dog establishments, Monster Dogs – where only the best hot dog ingredients are used and grilled fresh over an open fire seven days a week.
Their Secret: “Boil your hot dogs before you put them on the grill, which allows the hot dogs to plump up and grill evenly through.”
Lowe’s is proud to be America’s No. 1 grilling retailer! Now through July 10, Lowe’s is offering incredible deals like up to 30 percent off select grills and up to 25 percent off patio furniture. And don’t forget, assembly and haul away are always free for local deliveries of grills $498 and more.
Scroll through the recipes below to learn how you can try out some of these chef’s favorites on your own grill!