Making Kebabs? Follow Alton Brown's Genius Grilling Advice
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One thing you can go wrong with, however, is ruining a bamboo skewer by burning it on the grill. (Or, you know, ruining a pack of eight bamboo skewers.) But sometimes, you want to get food on the table ASAP and you don't have time to soak bamboo skewers in water for 10-to-30 minutes to ensure they don't disintegrate in the flames. Thankfully, Alton Brown has a savvy tip that will prevent the delaying mealtime thanks to a necessary soaking period for your skewers.
As The Kitchn pointed out, Brown's strategy for skipping the bamboo skewer soaking step before you're ready to cook is simple yet effective: "Keep skewers in a recycled water bottle full to the top with water. That way the skewers will always be ready for grilling. Just give the bottle a little squeeze and they'll pop right up," Brown wrote in an Instagram post that has garnered nearly 5,000 likes since being posted in August 2015.
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Clearly, we'll need to toast the Good Eats: Reloaded star at our next summer Kebab Night. Thank you for the genius intel, Mr. Brown.