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America's 'master griller' shares five tips for grilling beginners

Steven Raichlen, named America’s “master griller” by Esquire Magazine, shares his top five tips for novice grillers. (Special Photo)

Steven Raichlen, named America’s “master griller” by Esquire Magazine, shares his top five tips for novice grillers. (Special Photo)

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Steven Raichlen is the author of several books, including his latest, “Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys.”

The Fourth of July holiday is the perfect time to pull out that grill, if you haven’t started summer off grilling already. The Daily Post spoke with Steven Raichlen, named America’s “master griller” by Esquire Magazine, for his top five tips for novice grillers.

  1. “Control your fire. Don’t let it control you.”

  2. “Build a zoned fire, one hot zone for searing, one medium zone for cooking and one fire-free safety zone where you can move the food if you get flare ups.”

  3. “Keep it hot, keep it clean, keep it lubricated. Start with a hot grill, clean the grate with a stiff wire brush and oil it with a folded paper towel dipped in oil and dragged across the grate to keep food from sticking.”

  4. “Don’t overcrowd your grill. Leave at least 30 percent of the grill food free again so you can dodge flare ups.”

  5. “Have fun. Grilling isn’t brain surgery.”

Want more information on grilling? Raichlen suggests “The Barbecue Bible.”

“That will tell you everything you need to know,” he said, adding aspiring grillers can sign up for twice-a-week newsletters on barbecuebible.com to receive news, techniques and recipes to up your grill game.

Also check out Raichlen’s latest book, “Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys” for a plethora of tips, techniques and secrets from the pros.