We’ve all heard about outrageous stories, tips, hacks & Grilling Myths from “experts”. This information is readily available on the internet and there’s too much that we don’t know which ones are true anymore. Unless you’ve tried and tested all of it, that’s the only time you can prove their validity.
But considering science & popularity, here are 3 of the most common grilling myths and the truth behind them:
The more you check, longer your food will take to cook on the grill.
Surely you’ve read a tip about this – they usually advise against checking on your food too much because it lengthens cooking time. Some even say that you add 15 minutes of cooking time too long cooks (like beef brisket) every time you peek. The truth is, no matter how many times you check your food, it doesn’t make much of an impact on the temperature, let alone the cooking time. According to Boston University’s Professor Greg Blonder, a food scientist, and physicist, opening the lid drastically makes little or no impact on the temperatures of the meat’s surface and center, therefore not changing its cooking time.
Marinade longer to tenderize the meat
We’ve all heard of it – the longer you marinate your meat, the better it penetrates the meat for flavor and the more tender your meat will be. It’s not entirely true, though. It may work for thin cuts of meat, but for usual cuts such as chicken breast, regular pork chops & marinades are just treatment for the surface. While salt can penetrate deep into the meat, other spices (like garlic & pepper) have huge molecules & can only penetrate up to 1/8 inch of the meat’s surface even when marinated overnight. you have to oil your grill grates first to prevent it from sticking.
This is one of the most common tips you’ll encounter when you first read about grilling. Honestly, it does work sometimes – but the chances that it won’t are bigger. Oiling the grates below smoking point may work (doing so above smoking point will definitely make your food stick), but the better option is to oil your food, not the grates.
If you’re not convinced, put these grilling myths to the test & find out if they are valid. When it comes to grilling, what works for someone does not mean it will work for you. The experience will let you know what’s best!