Summer BBQ Hacks Every Grill Master Should Know  

Lauren Slocum
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Briskets and burgers and rib racks, oh my! If you consider yourself a serious barbecue connoisseur, you'll want to make sure you've mastered all the tips on this barbecue hacks list. From cleaning the grill to marinating your meat, we're bringing you a summer cheat sheet filled with cooking tricks for your outdoor parties.

It all seems so simple, right? Get some meat and some coals, get the grill hot and throw some slabs on the rack. Boom. But if you're looking to master flavor and texture, there are tons of barbecue tips out there to help you become of a king of your craft. Impress your guests with crosshatch marks on their steaks, surprise your vegetarian friend with the perfect hot dog alternative, and even learn new ways to serve condiments by checking out the cooking hacks on this list. 

So if the time has come to pull the cover off your grill, be prepared to put these tricks to action. When it comes to mastering meat, you're the one holding the tongs! Grab your barbecue destiny by the patty and vote for the best barbecue trick found on this BBQ tips list!
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Add Some Wood Chips to the Cha... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list BBQ Hacks Every Grill Master Should Know
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Add Some Wood Chips to the Charcoal
If you're going for that smokey BBQ flavor, throw a few small pieces of wood into the charcoal. Add the wood to the coal right after the initial fire dies down.
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Smoke Stuff!
Not quite sure what the differences are between smoking meat and barbecuing it? Smoking is a slow process that usually takes hours to cook. Smoking meat is a delicious alternative to barbecuing if you have the time and the means, and there are tons of fun ways to experiment with different wood chip flavors. There are plenty of relatively affordable smokers that are great for the beginner.
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Take Your Meat Off Right Before It's Done

Meat continues cooking after you take it off the grill - there's a lot of heat trapped inside those walls! Take your meat off the grill about a minute or two before you think it'd be done and you'll get the desired cook you were going for. A lot of people tend to pull the food off when it looks done and end up sad and disappointed when it turns tough or loses that pink color. 

A good tip for knowing if your meat is cooked: if the meat comes off the grill easily, it's ready to go. If it sticks to the racks you want to keep it on longer. 
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Take Steaks Out of the Fridge 20 Minutes Prior to Cooking
Cooking steak? The one and only Bobby Flay says to take it out of the fridge about 20 minutes before you start grilling. This will let it get to room temperature and will allow for an even cook. 
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