Taryn's Wreckreation Guide: 3 Ways To Step Up Your Grilling Game

July 6, 2017

You know, they don't call me 'The Grill Thrill' for nothin'! Over the years I've picked up on some great tips from grill masters, and although I know there's always more to learn, I'm feeling more confident behind the grill than ever. I absolutely LOVE sharing tips with others, and getting their secrets in return! So feel free to return the favor after you check out some of my favorite grilling tidbits:


1. Try grilling foods OTHER than meat. I am sure you expected me to WOW you with something meat-related right out of the gate - we'll get to that. You REALLY want to impress people with your grill game? Get creative! Think outside the meat.


How about grilling a head of romaine for the ultimate steak salad? Cut the romaine in half length-wise, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with steak seasoning and grill cut-side down for about 5 minutes. Chop that sucker up and assemble the most delicious, smokey steak salad you've ever had with whatever toppings and dressings you prefer.

Have you ever had warm, grilled peaches with vanilla ice cream for dessert?! Game changer. Halve a couple peaches and brush the cut-side with oil. Grill the peaches cut-side down for 3 to 4 minutes. Brush tops with oil, flip and shift to an upper rack or indirect heat. You can then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, or drizzle with honey until melted (about 10 minutes)! Serve with your favorite vanilla ice cream, and top with shaved almonds if you like 'em. It's HEAVEN. 


2. Invest in the best. I'm not talking about the BBQ itself, although a kick ass BBQ set-up is pretty fantastic... I'm talking about the MEAT! We have some fiercely fabulous local butcher shops in the area, so check out Silvana Meats in Silvana, Rain Shadow Meats in Seattle or Blue Max Meats in Buckley, for starters. That's just the tip of the butcher shop iceberg in Western WA! Shop local and shop quality. It truly makes all the difference.


3. Make an herb brush. You probably have a brush you use to baste your meat with a special butter concoction, BBQ or secret family sauce, right? Instead of using it next time, try building your own basting brush made out of fresh herbs! *Side note - GROW YOUR OWN HERBS! I cook with mine almost daily* You can easily string together sprigs of sage, rosemary and thyme on a wooden chop stick with twine and voila - an herb brush! It will boost the flavor as you baste. 

1.2kg Belted Galloway bone in rib eyes. All steaks basted in brown butter using the QCH #herbbrush. #steaknight

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The weekend is upon us - get out there and grill! Don't be shy about sending me an email with your go-to grill tips, too! 


Happy Adventuring,


Taryn Daly