Grilling Guide

Grilling Guide (click here for a downloadable version)

How to Grill Like a Pro

Follow these quick and easy tips and you’ll be grilling in no time!
1. Make sure that you clean your grill (especially the rack) well before cooking.
2. Oil the rack before heating to prevent food from sticking. Make sure not to overdo it on the oil to prevent flare-ups!
3. The area of fire has to be wider than the size of the food you’re grilling.
4. Preheat charcoal grill for at least 30 minutes before cooking. Wait until fire dies down to glowing coals to put food on.
5. Preheat gas grills for at least 15 minutes before cooking.
6. Consider investing in a vegetable grilling pan to place on the grill for easy delicious veggies! 
There are two major ways to grill: using direct or indirect heat. Check out the chart below to get a better idea of how you should be cooking on the grill.
Direct Heat Indirect Heat
Food Placement Above flames or coals Adjacent to flames or coals
Cooking Times 25 minutes or less More than 25 minutes
What to grill? Kabobs, Tofu, Veggies, Sausages, Steaks, Burgers, Most seafood Whole chicken or turkey, ribs, roasts, or leg of lamb
Bonus! Quick and easy Wood chips can be added to a charcoal grill for extra smoky flavor
Adapted from Wholefoods Markets.