9 Sizzling Tips for Spring Grilling Season

The birds are beginning to chirp, the sun is shining brighter, and the flowers are almost blooming. Spring is here and it’s time to dust off the grill! From tips for using a meat thermometer to foil-packet meals that keep things easy-breezy, here are nine ways you can use your grill to its full potential. 

1. Prep your grill


For much of the country, it’s been a long and frigid winter. Before those of you buried under snow the last few months fire up your grill, it’s important to make sure it’s clean and that you have plenty of propane or charcoal on hand.

2. Invest in high-quality meat


When buying hot dogs, buy the best. Hebrew National® Beef Franks use only premium cuts of beef from the front half of the cow. That’s just one of the ways that a kosher dog is different. Hebrew National Beef Franks are also free of fillers, by-products, or artificial colors and flavors so you can be sure you’re getting only the very best.

3. Simply spiral cut your hot dog


Why go through the extra step of spiral cutting your hot dog? A spiral cut hot dog ensures an even amount of char and caramelization throughout the meat. Spirals also provide a perfect pocket for condiments and make eating a hot dog at a busy backyard barbecue a lot less messy.

Have 2 long-handled tongs


Avoid cross contamination by using two separate long-handled tongs — one for uncooked meats and the other for cooked meats.

Use a meat thermometer


A meat thermometer ensures that beef, pork and poultry are safely cooked the whole way through. 

Hold the bun


Thread juicy franks on a skewer along with sweet corn, red onion and bell peppers to make tangy Glazed Frank Kabobs. Or, go for a low-calorie kabob recipe with reduced-fat beef franks and vegetables brushed with a teriyaki glaze. Just because your frank is bun-less doesn’t mean it still can’t be dipped in hot dog essentials like Gulden’s® mustard or Hunt’s® ketchup. So always make sure to have plenty of condiments on hand.

Always grill your veggies


When you’re grilling, remember to grill your veggies along with your meat. Besides the convenience of fewer trips to the kitchen, grilling gives vegetables a smoky flavor. Simply slice and brush your veggies with olive oil, sprinkle on some herbs, and grill them until they’re tender crisp. 

Honor your side dishes


Waffle cut fries and sweet potato fries and oven fries, oh my! With so many French fry options there’s no excuse for not pairing potatoes with your grilled meal. Elevate your fry game with easy to make dipping sauces like Sriracha sour cream, curried yogurt, or caramelized onion and roasted red pepper.

Get creative with edible dip bowls. Make a bowl out of a scooped out bell pepper, a head of cabbage, a mini pumpkin or any suitable veggie that complements the season. Keep dairy-based dips chill and delish: Find two bowls that are a few inches apart in size; fill the larger bowl with ice, and use it to cradle the smaller bowl filled with dip.

Don’t forget about foil


Grilling barbecue chicken tin foil packets? Before filling your packets with meat, veggies, and potatoes, spray the tin foil with PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. This way your food won’t stick to the foil on the grill.

Happy grilling!