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Make Fourth of July grilling easy with these 8 tips and tricks

Many Americans will light up the grill to celebrate the Fourth of July. Char-Broil shared some tips and tricks to make grilling easy this holiday.

1. Clean and Maintain Your Grill

To get the most use out of your grill and best tasting food, keep your grill well-maintained. Clean the grill grates with a grill brush before and after use, scrub the interior monthly and thoroughly detail the interior and exterior every season.

2. Prevent Sticking

A grill brush and cooking oil are your best defense against food sticking to your grill grates.

3. Preheating Takes Time

Give your grill enough time to preheat for optimum results. For a good sear, preheat your grill for at least 10-15 minutes. Keep in mind the weather can impact those times.

4. Always Be Safe

Always handle grilling with care. Only grill outside, monitor it at all times and remain vigilant of gas leaks. If you have any questions, always consult your owners manual.

5. Wood Chips Boost Flavor

Using wood chips are a quick and easy way to switch up your recipes and infuse food with unique flavors. For tips on how to do this, click here.

6. Know Your Charcoal

When grilling with charcoal, wait until 2/3 of the coals turn white but before they smoke to prevent your food from overcooking.

7. Learn Your Temperatures

Use a grill thermometer to ensure your food reaches ideal cook temperatures for best taste and avoiding foodborne illnesses. Here are the minimum internal temperatures for safe food consumption, according to a January 2015 USDA chart:

Beef, Pork, Veal and Lamb: 145 °F

Poultry: 165 °F

Fish and Shellfish: 145 °F

8. Buy the Right Tools

We’ve mentioned grill brushes, but there are several tools you needed for best results. Start with the essentials, then add more gadgets to your repertoire.

Looking for some grill inspiration? Find recipes like that perfect steak or apple butter BBQ ribs here.