There are a lot of rules to follow when you are barbecuing. From flipping the meat and applying the apple BBQ sauce at the right time to handling the flare-up properly, there are many things that you should be well aware of when you cook on a barbecue grill. Yet there are some myths associated with barbecuing as well, which may prevent you from having a good experience. Below are some of such misconceptions.
Searing Will Lock in the Juices
Searing refers to heating the BBQ grill as hot as possible and then cooking steaks on it for a few minutes each side until you get a nice crust. People say that searing will lock in the juices in the steak because the surface is cooked fast in this method. However, this is a false concept.
Moisture in the meat is in individual cells and when you apply too much heat to them, it will drain out the juices and make them dry. Searing does help to caramelize the steaks though, which gives the meat a rich flavor.
Marinating Makes the Meat Tender
Marinades are made to add flavor to the meat and it is believed that when you marinate steaks overnight, they turn out to be tenderer. It is also presumed that the acidic components in the marinade, such as vinegar and lemon juice, will break down the connective tissues in the meat. Yet the truth is that marinades usually penetrate only the outer layer of steak and do not reach inside to make the meat tender.
Still, marinating the steak with grilling sauce will help to prevent the meat from getting too much dried when on the BBQ grill, which makes the steaks somewhat soft and mushy. Besides, they also add better flavor to the meat and encourage the seasonings to adhere to the meat surface. Marinating can also avoid the creation of cancer-causing substances due to the high heat of the grill.
Flipping Meat Frequently Makes it Dry and Hard
It is usually considered a bad barbecuing practice to flip the meat on the grill frequently. Turing the steak several times will result in the loss of juices, making the meat dry and hard. Although you should not do it too often, flipping at the right time will ensure that your steak is cooked well on both sides.
If you leave the steak on the BBQ grill for too long, one of the sides will retain heat and the other will not. This will give you different temperatures on each side and cook the meat unevenly. Turing the steak at the right time makes sure that the meat is at a more consistent heat, which allows you to cook all parts equally.