Grilling season is upon us and with another year wasted away it is important to take a good look at our grilling pantry essentials. Spices and marinades left unused from last year should certainly be replaced. But, this year instead of being just a novice griller, why not take a step closer to the grilling elite? The grilling elite stock some atypical items in their pantries and here are the secret ingredients.
SPICE IT UP
Every griller will tell you how important fresh, great quality spices are to the final product. There are some truly essential spices that are commonly forgotten. Your spice rack should include assorted peppers (lemon-pepper, garlic-pepper), assorted salts (kosher, garlic, sea), chili powder, red pepper flakes, American paprika, Hungarian paprika, dried herbs (basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, sage, thyme), white sugar, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, dry mustard, cloves, all-spice, coriander and cumin.
LIQUID OF LIFE
Your marinade bases and liquid ingredients can be as important as any of the spices. Every griller should have beer, wine, white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, wine vinegar, oils (vegetable, canola, olive, grape seed), bottled BBQ sauce, chili sauce, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.
There are some things it would simply take too long for anyone to process from scratch. These same ingredients can add that little extra nudge in the perfection direction for the aspiring griller. On hand essentials include jarred roasted bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, jellies, mustards, ketchups, pesto, olives, pickles, salsa and peanut butter (perfect for Thai recipes).
ACCESSORIES TO THE FACT
When you spend the majority of your time working on the grill during cookouts, it is always nice to accessorize your gift to the guests. Canned artichokes, white asparagus, roasted-peppers, roasted tomatoes, black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, canned fruits, and various canned olives are all perfect for whipping together elegant side dishes.
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
You may also want to check your grill for any physical defects from winter storage and normal wear and tear. It is time to unpack the grilling tools and make sure you have all of the essentials needed for perfect grilling. Spatula, spray bottles (for spritzing), BBQ mop, propane, charcoal, wood chips (for flavoring) and grill lighter should be checked and ready to grill.
This season take your grilling to the next level. By expanding your pantry stores and imagination and you will move from amateur grilling to GRILLING GOD[DESS]!