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Don't Make The #1 Most Common Grilling Mistake This Year

Two BBQ pitmasters share a tip on how to extract the most flavor out of your food while grilling.
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We are just days away from the Fourth of July, which means it time to break out your favorite pair of tongs and fire up the grill. Since you will likely be grilling more this summer than you have before, with restaurants beginning to shut down across the country again due to coronavirus, you'll have ample time to hone in on your grilling technique. However, there is one common grilling mistake that even the most seasoned pitmasters make from time to time.

What's the #1 most common grilling mistake people make?

According to True Made Foods Pitmasters (and father and son duo), Ed and Ryan Mitchell, one of the top mistakes people make while grilling during the summertime is pressing meat down on the grill with the tongs or a spatula. Whether people do it for the smoke effect or for that irresistible "sizzle, pop" sound, it does nothing to enhance the flavor of your food. In fact, it actually can strip the flavor from it. (Related: 17 Grilling Mistakes That Are Ruining Your BBQ)

Not to mention, it can also trigger a grease flare-up which can be extremely dangerous. For this reason, it's advised that you don't put bacon on the grill. Think about it, when you sautée bacon in a skillet on the stove, you pour the grease into a glass and discard it in the trash. You never put frying oil down the sink drain because of the damage it can do to the pipes, right? Well, when you're grilling, the only place for the grease to go is down, into the flames.

"Bacon will always emit grease when cooking, and that grease can be very flammable," Meredith Carothers, the technical information specialist at the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service had told us in a former interview. "Therefore, it is not safe to place the bacon directly on the grates of a grill due to the fire hazard of grease dripping."

It's as simple as that. Avoid making this common grilling mistake this holiday and the rest of the summer. Also, be sure to familiarize yourself with the 17 Worst Burger Grilling Mistakes so you know how to whip up the best burger possible.

Cheyenne Buckingham
Cheyenne Buckingham is the news editor of Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and drink coverage, and breaking down the science behind the latest health studies and information. Read more
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