Cooking for your family and friends is much different than being a 5-star chef, but that doesn’t mean your food can’t be just as high quality. Dry-aged meat is one of the many ways professional chefs create flavorful, tender cuts of meat that drive the dinner guests crazy, and our grilling expert, Matt, has come to prove that you can dry-age your meat just like the professionals, in your own home.
There’s no better way to spend late summer than with a backyard cookout. It’s not so hot, you can invite all of your friends, plus, it’s a good excuse to show off your grilling skills. When grilling, you usually lose a lot of juiciness from the meat, but there is a way to get the juiciest, most tender meat that you’ve ever tasted with as little as two ingredients; its name is brining.
What is Brining?
We talked about brining briefly in our marinating post earlier this month, but it’s such a game-changer in the grilling world that we wanted to bring it back for a deeper look.
When life gets busy, it can be difficult to find time to make dinner. These marinades can make your busy weeknights easier or even take center stage for your weekend entertaining. Read on for some great recipes that can help you with convenient meal prep.
The Basics of Marinades
To begin, effective marinades should always consist of these 3 elements: an acid, such as vinegar, wine, citrus juice, or yogurt; a fat, such as olive oil, coconut milk, or other vegetable oil; and seasonings, such as aromatics, salt, citrus zest, chile peppers, or even sugars.
Acids help break down the proteins, which allows the flavor to penetrate. Fats help keep the proteins moist. Seasonings add flavor. A good rule of thumb for proportions is to combine 3 parts fat with 1 part acid and then season to taste.
If you have so much produce from your garden that you don’t know what to do with it all, I’ve found some fresh recipes to help!
Cheesy Bacon Stuffed Mini Peppers
- 6 mini sweet peppers, sliced in half, seeds and membranes removed
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 2 Tablespoons green onions, sliced
- 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese + extra for topping
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- chopped cilantro for topping, optional
Make sure your grill is the true star of your 4th of July party with these can’t miss recipes. Whether you stick to the classics or like to be more creative with your holiday menu, we have the recipes that are sure to impress!