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BBQ Basics: Techniques You Need to Know

Grilling Tips

Weber charcoal grills and gas barbecues give you great grilled results every time because they are designed to give you ultimate control of your grilling temperature and cooking method. Here we explain the secret to great grilling.

Grilling Tips
Direct Method

The Direct Method is similar to broiling. Food is cooked directly over the heat source. For even cooking, food should be turned once halfway through the grilling time. Use the Direct method for foods that take less than 25 minutes to cook: like steaks, chops, kabobs, sausages and vegetables. Direct cooking is also necessary to sear meats. Searing creates that wonderful crisp, caramelized texture where the food hits the grate. It also adds nice grill marks and flavour to the entire food surface. Steaks, chops, chicken pieces, and larger cuts of meat all benefit from searing.

Grilling Tips
Indirect Method

The Indirect Method is similar to roasting, but with the added benefits of that grilled texture, flavour, and appearance you can't get from an oven. Heat rises, reflects off the lid and inside surfaces of the grill, and slowly cooks the food evenly on all sides. The circulating heat works much like a convection oven, so there's no need to turn the food. Use the Indirect Method for foods that require 25 minutes or more of grilling time or for foods that are so delicate that direct exposure to the heat source would dry them out or scorch them.

Grilling safety requires placing your grill on a flat, level surface that remains free of combustible materials that could catch fire should you experience grill flare-ups or your fire produces sparks.
Building a simple deck for your grill can provide a safe location to cook outdoors without worry. Choose from several different decking materials to build a deck that fits your style and level of building experience.
Regardless of which simple deck style you choose to use for your grill, you must prepare the ground beneath the area. You may need to level the surface if you intend to install the deck on the ground rather than install a raised deck.
You can find a variety of snap together decking tiles to use when building a simple grilling deck. These tiles are made from different hardwood and composite materials, such as teak, eucalyptus, recycled woods and recycled plastics.

Using Your Deck for Fall Parties

If you live in the Northeast like we do, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. But we want to see you get as much use out of your deck as possible, so we have a few cost- effective ways you can extend the deck season.

  1. Add some lighting. Buy a few shepherd's hooks that are designed to clamp onto deck railing. They are available in different sizes, some of them extend 3’-4’ above the railing. Then buy a few light strings and run them from your house out to the shepherd’s hooks on the front railing. The light strings with about 1” round bulbs are the best way to go, but Christmas light strings will work great as well. You will probably want to order these things online this time of year, most stores will only stock them in the spring

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  2. Add a firepit. This can be a great way to spark conversation as people gather around it to warm up. There are many different sizes and types available, most of them will store a propane tank out of sight underneath it. Prices vary greatly for these gas fire pits, but you can get a decent one for a few hundred dollars.

  3. Add some patio heaters. Same concept as the fire pit, people will congregate around these to...


If you live in the Northeast like we do, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. But we want to see you get as much use out of your deck as possible, so we have a few cost- effective ways you can extend the deck season.

  1. Add some lighting. Buy a few shepherd's hooks that are designed to clamp onto deck railing. They are available in different sizes, some of them extend 3’-4’ above the railing. Then buy a few light strings and run them from your house out to the shepherd’s hooks on the front railing. The light strings with about 1” round bulbs are the best way to go, but Christmas light strings will work great as well. You will probably want to order these things online this time of year, most stores will only stock them in the spring

  2. Add a firepit. This can be a great way to spark conversation as people gather around it to warm up. There are many different sizes and types available, most of them will store a propane tank out of sight underneath it. Prices vary greatly for these gas fire pits, but you can get a decent one for a few hundred dollars.

  3. Add some patio heaters. Same concept as the fire pit, people will congregate around these to warm up, leading to good conversation. These are available at most home improvement stores and cost around $50-$100.

  4. Add a TV. With the advance of technology, Tvs are cheaper than ever. And they can be connected to your home wi-fi, making it easy to stream live tv to them. So instead of spending a lot of money on a waterproof, outdoor TV, and an extra cable box, just buy a regular TV that can be moved in and out as needed.

If you would like some more free deck advice, see our Deck Options page

By Ray Ebersol


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