Fire up the grill: It’s barbecue season. You might think you have the best burgers on the block, but even experienced cooks can improve their techniques with advice from an expert. Landmarc Chef Marc Murphy, author of “Season with Authority: Confident Home Cooking,” shares 10 insider secrets for getting your grilling game on.
Get to Know Your Grill
My top tip? Know your grill. If it’s gas, you need to figure out where your hot spots are. If it’s wood or coal, practice a lot.
Season Season Season
I always tell people to season more than you’re used to — a lot of the seasoning falls off into the fire. And if you don’t put salt and pepper on your protein before you cook, it doesn’t do any good afterward.
Gas or Coal?
For quick grilling, gas is preferable. I love coal; those Webers are fun. But I would always rather cook over wood. It’s a lot more work getting it going, but it gives off a better flavor.
Those little hibachis are cute, but I don’t think they’re legal on fire escapes. Your best bet is to go to Landmarc, where we have a grill and it’s legal. I’d hate for you to burn down the neighbor’s house apartment! At home in the city, you can also put a cast-iron grill pan on the stove. It does a good job.