Tips on making your 4th of July BBQ meals stand out

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It’s the 4th of July weekend and if you are the grill master, here are some tips to make a delicious meal.

Before we get to the cooking part, let’s discuss proper meat preparation.

If you’re cooking for a lot of people, Errol Farr, Applebee’s General Manager, recommends that you buy your red meat in bulk and then cut your own individual steaks at your desired thickness.

“You’re saving a lot of money because you are doing some of the work yourself,” Farr said. “You aren’t getting any of the waste. When you cut meat it, it starts to bleed out. If this has been in your grocery store for a day cut, you’re losing a lot of juices out of it. When you’re doing it yourself, throwing it right on the grill, it’s perfect.”

Seasoning should be handled with care. You don’t want to dry your meat out by adding too much salt.

“You eat both sides of your meat, so you should season both sides of your meat. We are going to do the same thing on the chicken. Notice that I’m using two types of tongs for the chicken and the beef.”

Before you put your meat on the grill, add some cooking oil to keep it from sticking and to add those trademark BBQ diamond burns.

Depending on how you like your meat cooked, Farr says to use a thermometer to pinpoint your desired level of doneness.

Summer salads are also in order on the 4th of July. Farr’s recipe calls for some lettuce, Greek yogurt mint dressing, grilled watermelon, feta cheese, and toasted almonds.

“You’ve got your steaks, hamburgers, hotdogs, and ribs; give some people some salad, it’s a great thing to do for the summer.”

If you follow these tips, your food can look, smell, and taste amazing. Most importantly, thank a veteran this weekend because it is their dedication that allows us to live with the freedom that we have to enjoy our independence.

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