Summer is just around the corner, and that immediately conjures up images of your family and friends gathered around the back porch, with the grill sizzling in the background. You’re probably excited to host your loved ones for a good old-fashioned barbeque this summer—whether you’re new to the BBQ game or looking to up your game, try out these tips: 

Find the Right Fuel
At the end of the day, good BBQ comes down to the quality of your fire. Too hot, and your meat will be burned before the center is fully done. Too cold, and flavor will be lacking. It’s crucial to wait until the fire is hot enough before putting the food on your grill, and to leave it alone until it’s dead. But the fuel type matters, as well—experts recommend using charcoal or white oak with steak, and applewood with something fruity (this should be easy to remember!).  

Try Grilling Something New
Everyone loves grilling the typical steaks, burgers, and ribs. Why not switch it up? Try using lamb t-bones, which are flavorful, tender, and easy to cook. Chuck Eye is cut from the exact same muscle as Rib Eye, but it’s half as expensive and comes boneless. To make your vegetarian friends happy, make a salad with grains like farro and barley, grilled vegetables, and vinaigrette. 

Don’t Forget the Sides
Your guests may come for the meat, but great supporting acts like veggies and sauces will make them stay. Ditch the traditional coleslaw and macaroni salad, and go for grilled zucchini, eggplant, and fennel. To give extra pep to your seasoning, try using homemade salsa and mayonnaise with lemon and herbs. 

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