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Enhance Your BBQ Skills with Kyowa Electric Grill

on September 14, 2020

If you want to enjoy the flavors of grilled food without having to invest in an outdoor grill, you can work the same magic with an electric grill.

 

Benefits of Cooking on an Electric Grill

If you’re a fan of grilled food, then you know how your favorite meats and vegetables just seem to taste better when you cook this way. Grilling also offers a variety of health benefits. For one, you cook with less fat – you don’t have to use a lot of oil or butter in the cooking process to keep food from sticking. Excess fat from your food drips away before it even hits your plate.

Another benefit to grilling that most people don’t realize is it results in more nutritious food. Meats and vegetables cook faster on a grill, so they are able to retain their nutrients because of the shorter cooking time.

These benefits aren’t limited to an outdoor grill, either. Electric grills are now designed to produce results that are similar to regular outdoor grills. They’re the perfect choice for apartment and condo dwellers, and they eliminate a lot of the hazards of grilling because they use electricity instead of fire or gas.

 

Tips to Improve Your Barbecue Skills

Summer is barbecue season, and there’s really no better way of welcoming it than by sharpening your cooking skills on the electric grill. Here are some tips on how to level up your grilling skills so you can some delicious sizzle to your summer meals:

Prep your electric grill properly

The right preparations can make all the difference. Before you start grilling, very lightly spray or brush cooking oil onto it. Canola oil is preferred by traditional cooks, but if you want a healthier alternative, olive oil is recommended.

Pre-heat your grill

Pre-heating is critical for grilling success. Putting food on a cool grill may cause food to stick on the grate and also eliminates your chance of getting flavorful sear marks. Also, since your grill is not in the optimal cooking temperature, your food will end up staying on the grill for too long— and no one likes dry, overcooked food.

Take note of cooking times

Foods cooked on an electric grill will take roughly half the amount of time they’d take on an open grill since they are being cooked simultaneously on both sides. Here’s a helpful guide on how long you should cook your favorite grilled meats and vegetables:

Flank steak

12- 14 minutes

Hamburgers

14 – 17 minutes

Pre-cooked hot dogs or sausages

5 – 7 minutes

Chicken breast

12 – 15 minutes

Fish fillets or shrimp

5 – 7 minutes

Asparagus spears

3 – 5 minutes

Portobello mushrooms

5 – 7 minutes

Onion, 1/2-inch slices

5 – 7 minutes

Bell Pepper Strips

6 – 8 minutes

Tomatoes, halved or thick slices

4 – 5 minutes

Zucchini, 1/2-inch slices

5 – 7 minutes

Bring out the seasoning

You may not be getting the smoky flavor you get from a charcoal grill but you’ll still be able to get a lot of flavor from rubs or marinades. A simple sprinkling of salt and pepper can do wonders, but you can also experiment with different spices like dried chipotle or paprika.

You can also flavor your food by marinating it in barbecue sauce. The easiest way to do this is to put your food and marinade in a Ziploc bag and maneuvering it to make sure the everything is evenly coated. Keep the bag of meat in the refrigerator while it’s marinating, but bring it out about 20 minutes before you start cooking so it can come up to room temperature.

Grill carefully

Let your food cook, undisturbed, until you can see it looking done along the sides and you can see browned grill marks on the underside. Then flip it over, setting it at an angle to the grill lines. Continue cooking until the other side is don. To make sure meats are cooked through, you can cut into it first, or test doneness with a food thermometer.

 

Of course, don’t forget to read your electric grill’s manual and practice safety when cooking. Keep these things in mind and you’re well on your way to mastering the grill! For now, keep on grilling and practice with BBQ specialties such as:

Korean Grilled Pork Belly

INGREDIENTS
  • 1lb thick-sliced pork belly
  • 3 – 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 green chili peppers, roughly sliced
  • 3 – 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 heads of green lettuce
  • Optional: sliced onions, mushrooms and/or kimchi
  • Sesame oil sauce
  • Ssamjang (sauce for wraps)
DIRECTIONS
  1. Heat the electric grill. Cut the pork strips into shorter, bite-size pieces.
  2. Place meat on the grill, along with garlic, chili peppers, and other sides you’re using. Grill over moderate heat until cooked through. Flip once then wrap in sauce and lettuce.

 

Kyowa’s Electric Grill is designed with a stainless steel grill wire and adjustable temperature control for easy cleaning and use. Before summer hits, get yourself a Kyowa electric grill and put your barbecue skills to the test!

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