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RealSimple.com: How to Grill Anything

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Easy Grilling Guide

By Dawn Perry
This primer covers everything from hot dogs to cherry tomatoes. As for seasoning, most foods will taste great if you add just a little salt, pepper, and olive oil beforehand. If you want even more flavor, try a rub or a marinade.

How to Grill Beef

Burgers
Heat: Direct (uncovered), high.
Time: 3 to 5 minutes per side.
Internal Temperature: 140° F for medium.
Tip: Don’t press down on the patties during cooking or you’ll squeeze out the delicious juices.

Hot Dogs
Heat: Direct (uncovered), medium-high.
Time: 5 to 7 minutes, turning occasionally.

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Steaks, ¾ to 1 Inch Thick
(such as flank and New York strip)
Heat: Direct (uncovered), medium-high.
Time: 3 to 5 minutes per side.
Internal Temperature: 130° F for medium-rare.
Tip: For the best sear, turn steaks just once halfway through.

Steaks, 1 to 1½ Inches Thick
(such as rib-eye and porterhouse)
Heat: Direct (uncovered), medium-high, then indirect (covered), medium-high.
Time: Direct for 3 to 5 minutes per side, then indirect for 4 to 6 minutes.
Internal Temperature: 130° F for medium-rare. Note: For steaks 2 inches thick or more, increase indirect cooking time to 8 to 10 minutes.

If you're just learning how to barbecue, this primer will help you get your grill started. Then, learn exactly what high, medium, and other grill temperatures mean.

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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