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There are several tips and tricks that can help make backyard cooking and living a success, such as oiling the grill rack before cooking. If you have been looking for new ways to have a great experience with your grill in San Jose, then continue reading for a few tips to help out.

Tip #1: Preheat the Grill

Preheating any cooking appliance—such as a grill, oven, or pan—can work wonders on your food, especially meat. Let your grill heat up for about 15 or 20 minutes so that when you place the food on it will become seared, which helps contain moisture and prevent sticking. Preheating your grill will also kill off residual bacteria and contribute to easy scrubbing when cleaning off past food debris.

Tip #2: Burn Clean Fuel

Though tastes and preferences can differ between gas and charcoal grills, it is best to look for the cleanest form of fuel. Gas burns cleaner and does not leave as much residue on the grill. Charcoal tends to have a smokier flavor, but it can be bad for the environment and your health. If you prefer to use a charcoal grill, then look for additive-free lump charcoal. This is charred wood that will not emit as many chemicals and coal dust into your food and the air.

Tip #3: Oil the Rack

Once your grill has heated up, soak a paper towel in your preferred oil, such as vegetable or olive oil. Holding the folded-up towel with tongs, rub it on the rack. This will prevent your meat and other foods from sticking to the metal rack. Use this method instead of a cooking spray, especially if the grill is hot; a cooking spray could cause a flare-up.

Tip #4: Prevent Flare-Ups

Safety should always be a priority during the grilling process. Flaming flare-ups can happen at any time, especially when cooking fatty foods. Choose the leanest meats and sear them before cooking. Keep a squirt bottle of water nearby in case a flare-up occurs.

Grilling Tips for Backyard Cooking