Camping and Grilling: What You Need to Know
While some enjoy exploring big cities or visiting beautiful islands and beaches, others prefer to go camping when it’s vacation time. Just like any other type of vacation, camping is the opportunity to take things slower and simply enjoy your surroundings with the people who came along with you.
One of the most enjoyable things that you can do while you’re camping is prepare meals. Keep in mind that it will take you a lot more time and patience to cook something compared to making the meal in your kitchen. However, you shouldn’t look at this as a bad thing. In fact, you probably rarely get the chance to let grilling be the only thing on your mind. Therefore, you should treasure moments like these and work on making the food perfect.
If this is your first time going camping and behind the grill, then you’re in for a great adventure. However, you’ll need to be prepared for it. Whenever you embark on a camping trip, it’s a good idea to bring more things than you need. The worst possible thing that can happen to you is arriving at the camping site and realizing that you didn’t bring all of the supplies you need. This would ultimately turn your vacation into a stress-filled nightmare.
Some of the things that you’ll need to bring on your camping trip include newspaper, wood, charcoal, fire starters, pot, plates, bowls, matches, and garbage bags. Of course, you should also bring some snacks, since it will probably take you a while to grill the meat.
Remember that you can’t go camping without bringing supplies like soap, toilet paper, baby wipes, toothpaste, and a toothbrush. If you’re also going to go hiking, you should carry a good backpack.
Choosing the Right Grill
Before you start considering which grill to pack, you should first read the rules and regulations for the campsite you’re going to. This is important because there are some areas where charcoal grilling isn’t allowed. Now that you know exactly what you’re allowed to bring, it’s time to decide on a specific grill model. Remember that it’s best to get something portable since you’ll be taking the grill on the road.
You can also pack an electric smoker to make some delicious smoked meat. There are many great companies that make them, but Masterbuilt is without a doubt the best one. Their Platinum 30” model is easily one of the best electric smokers you can get your hands on.
Get the Right Grilling Tools
Now that you have the perfect grill and smoker, it’s time to make sure you’ve packed all the right tools. The first thing that should be on your list is GrillGates. This is a revolutionary product that ensures your food gets cooked evenly no matter where you place it. GrillGates actually act as a shield against flare-ups and spread uneven flames across the surface of this product. By using it, you won’t have to worry about some foods getting burnt while others aren’t even properly cooked yet.
Apart from GrillGates, it’s also recommended that you bring a meat thermometer. Keep in mind that no matter how good you’re behind the grill, you can always make a mistake. Know that even the most skilled barbecue masters use meat thermometers. After all, you want the meat to turn out perfect, right? In case you really care about grilling your meat to perfection, then you’ll need to get a thermometer.
You’ll need to pack a pair of professional cooking tongs as well. Now, it’s important to understand that while you may have a pair of tongs, it’s unlikely that they’re great. Since flipping, grabbing and serving the meat is such an important part of grilling, it’s only right that you use a tool that the pros use.
Prepare the Food at Home
Some people really enjoy preparing the whole meal at their campsite, but if you’re not one of them, then you should do the food prep ahead of time. This means slicing all the vegetables up, shredding the cheese, and making the marinade.
It’s important to note that if you don’t want to do the food prep at home, then you’ll need to have someone on the campsite that is going to assist you. If you start slicing vegetables while the meat is already on the grill, there’s a good chance that it won’t turn out perfect.
Dispose of Ashes
If you’ve been grilling with charcoal, you will need to dispose of the ashes when you’re done. To do this, simply close the dampers on the grill and wait for a few hours. Once the ash has cooled down you can dump it in a garbage bag and throw it in the trash.
Samantha Rosario is a writer in Seriously Smoked, a mother and resident of the greatest city in the world, NYC. When not working at a Manhattan publishing house, she’s spending time with her family or putting pen to paper for her own personal pursuits. She loves exercising and always tries to live as healthy as possible.