The Southern Girl's Guide to Grilling

The grill may seem intimidating at first, but follow these simple tips and you'll be grilling with the best of them in no time.

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[MUSIC] When it comes to the grill, it can seem like it's a man's world, but the truth is, grilling is super easy. here are six things every southern girl needs to know about operating a gas grill. Lighting the grill seems like the most intimidating part, but there's no need to freak out about roaring flames, or your deck going up in smoke. All you do is open up the grill and turn the nob on your propane tank to let the gas start flowing through the line. Next, you wanna turn the burners on high and press the igniter. If for some reason your igniter is on the fritz, you can take a lighter and light the grill through this handy hole on the outside. Remember the grill works just like your oven. Shut the lid to the grill for about ten to 15 minutes to let it pre-heat. It's easy to clean up any leftover mess. Just take a long-handled wire brush and run it over the grates till they're free of any charred-on bits. There's two ways to cook with a grill. Direct heat and indirect heat. Direct heat means you have the flames actually cooking the food, like you would do with hamburgers. But you can also cook larger cuts of meat, like whole chickens or ribs, by turning off the burners directly under the food and using the side burners to get the grill to the temperature you want. The heat radiating inside the grill will cook the meat without totally charring it. If you're worried about under cooking your food, get an instant read thermometer. They make it easy to tell if your chicken is done or if your steaks are in danger of being overcooked. You can use the grill to cook more than just burgers and hot dogs. Try grilling veggies like zucchini and Bell Peppers. One of my favorite things to grill is peaches. Just take halved peaches and put them on the grill after you've finished cooking your main meal, and shut off the heat. By the time you're finished with dinner, they'll be perfectly caramelized with zero effort, and they go great with vanilla ice cream. Find more recipes and tips on southernliving.com. [MUSIC]
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