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Grilled Goodness

Hello Idaho,

The sun is shining. Let’s fire up the grill! The wonderful smoky taste of grilling is a signature American classic that can complement almost any food. A little olive oil, salt and pepper is all you need to spice up some chicken, peppers, pork chops, corn cobs, potatoes, zucchini, steak, stuffed mushrooms, burger patties, hearts of romaine, asparagus, summer sausage… now I’m hungry!

ABC’s of basic grilling to get you started

  • Accurate instant-read meat thermometers will take the guesswork out of testing for doneness.
  • Burned barbecue is bad barbecue.
  • Close lid while cooking.
  • Direct cooking method.
  • Extinguish flare-ups by closing the lid — never use a water bottle.
  • Fuel. Make sure you have enough charcoal or your gas tank is full.
  • Grey-ash covered charcoal means you’re ready to cook.

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Whether you are a BBQ master or a grilling rookie, we know that dinner is looking and smelling delicious — send us pictures of your grilled gourmet on Facebook or tag us on Instagram! #eatsmartidaho 

Until Next Week,

Eat Smart Idaho, University of Idaho Extension


Child-Friendly Tips

grilled chicken and veggies
Grilling is great for the family because you can get outside and you can be together. Kids can participate in the grill prep by seasoning veggies, loading kabobs or wrapping corn or potatoes in foil. Put the goods on the grill, close the lid and hang out in this gorgeous Idaho sunshine with your friends and family.