1. Let meat (especially red meat – steaks, etc.) sit at room temperature for a little while before cooking. You do not want to put an ice-cold steak on a hot grill.
  2. Brush a little olive oil or vegetable oil on the meat before grilling. This will help prevent sticking and will produce better grill marks on the meat.
  3. Best cuts of beef for grilling – Porterhouse, T-Bone, New York Strip, Tenderloin, or Sirloin.
  4. Fish – lightly brush with oil and cook over medium heat. Do not over-cook fish.
  5. You can cook fish on top of slices of lemon, lime or other citrus fruit. This will impart a fresh citrus flavor to the fish.
  6. Fish varieties such as Salmon, Halibut, Swordfish, Mahi Mahi, etc. work very well for grilling. Try to avoid varieties that have very thin filets as they can be over cooked very quickly and become dry.
  7. Use a basic vinaigrette (oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and fresh herbs) to lightly marinate vegetables. Let the marinade drip off before putting items on the grill. Grill over fairly high heat but do not over-cook the vegetables. Marinating works well for vegetables such as – onions, peppers, mushrooms, eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, and fennel.
  8. To grill corn – remove the silk, soak the ear of corn in water for at least ½ hour then place the corn directly on the grill turning a couple of times. This will steam the ears of corn and give you a great grilled flavor.
  9. Equipment for grilling – a brush or mop for applying oil & sauces; Tongs; Spatula; Grill Gloves or Pot Holders; Cutting Board; Clean Platter (to put cooked meat on); Sharp Knife; a bucket of sudsy water for hand washing; Thermometer & Clean Grill Grates.
  10. Grilling fruits – pineapple slices, banana halves, peach halves, apple halves, citrus fruits – all work well for grilling. Brush fruit with vegetable oil and sprinkle very lightly with salt & pepper and fresh herbs such as mint. Some fruits you may want to sprinkle lightly with granulated sugar. Grilling will caramelize the natural sugars in the fruit and give you a wonderful flavor.
  11. Keep the grill clean – if you do not have a wire brush, use a crumpled piece of foil to clean the grates of the grill.