All good things must come to an end, and that includes summer. Don't kill the messenger but it's time to bid farewell to that sweet sun-soaked season with a few final barbecue moments. Labor Day weekend may not be the absolute last chance to get a fire under the grates but it is one of the best chances to make it happen.
If you waited this long to get your grill game going, we don't blame you. Summer is busy and goes by in a flash but it's never too late to make it right. Before you grab theand and fire up the grill, peruse these helpful grilling tips to have a fun and safe cookout.
Set up your space right
Preparation is the key to success with grilling (and everything in life). Make sure your meat and vegetables are ready to go, your cooking area is set up for safety, and you have the right tools.
That means chopping your veggies and prepping patties, seasoning your grill so your food doesn't stick, and grabbing a fire extinguisher to keep close to the grill.
Take these five steps before you fire up the grill to make your next BBQ perfect.
Do you have enough propane?
If you've been grilling all summer with your gas grill, there's a chance you're low on propane. Go check. We'll wait...
Before you head to the store, use these four simple ways to check whether you are running low or if you have enough to last through one more BBQ.
Make Google Assistant or Alexa part of your BBQ
Alexa and Google Assistant are helpful all around the house and outside, too.
Once you start grilling, you can use Alexa to set timers for your food or ask Google Assistant to play music to get the party started. Check out the , and five ways Google Assistant can help while you grill.
Turn your grill into a smoker
Maybe you're tired of burgers and want to cook some ribs this Labor Day. You don't need to run out and buy a smoker. Just turn your grill into one instead.
With just an aluminum pan and these tips, you can smoke a pork shoulder or brisket this weekend.
Break out the cast-iron pan
Grab your cast-iron skillet and bring it outside to grill a better burger. Cast iron holds up perfectly on the grill and can help you make a juicier burger.
CNET's grilling experts tell you four reasons you should grill with a cast-iron pan.
Make your grill nonstick
When you go shopping for your BBQ, make sure to pick up a few potatoes. Cut them in half and rub them on hot grill grates to keep your food from sticking while it cooks.
This trick is perfect for delicate items like fish and chicken that just love to stick.
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Try something new on the grill
We have eight unexpected ways to cook with your grill, including grilling lettuce and using herbs for extra smokey flavor.
Clean up the grill
Once the cookout is over, take the time to deep-clean your grill before you put it away for the season. Our guide walks you through all of the steps to deep-clean your grill. Do it now and you will thank yourself next summer.