As summer comes to a close, you might be planning to get in those last few days of outdoor grilling. And while so many things taste better grilled, there are some foods you should never put on a grill. Whether for safety reasons or because you’ll be sacrificing flavor, these foods are better kept far away from your grill grates.
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You might think that the grill would make perfectly crispy bacon. But grilling bacon is a safety hazard! The grease spatters are flammable, and you don’t want them getting near your grill flame. Instead, try cooking your bacon in the oven.
We’re sorry to break it to you, but the age-old American ideal of flipping burgers in the backyard isn’t the best way. Burgers are better cooked in cast-iron pans. “When you grill burgers on grill grates, a lot of the fat and meat juices drip away,” chef Daniel Wilson, founder of Australia’s Huxtaburger restaurants and author of The Burger Lab: The Art and Science of the Perfect Burger, previously told Eat This, Not That.
Grilling shrimp that’s still in its shell is great. But don’t put the peeled variety on your grill. “Shrimp flesh is too susceptible to drying out when introduced to a hot grill, whether marinated or not,” Ford Fry, chef and owner of Little Rey in Atlanta, Georgia, told Bloomberg.
Grilled romaine is a classic summer food, but be wary of putting other types of lettuce on the grill. “Many greens such as Boston lettuce, red leaf, and green leaf, retain a lot of water, and they just wilt. Also, radicchio gets more bitter on a grill,” Roberto Deiaco, executive chef at Avena Downtown in New York City, told Bloomberg.
The last thing you want is fish that sticks to your grill and flakes off before you get to eat it. To prevent this, use cedar planks or grill your fish atop citrus slices.
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