Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.
Today: Grilling season is upon us -- let's review our favorite tips and tricks for a superior barbecue.

There's nothing more fun than a summer barbecue, enjoying sunshine with friends and cold beer in hand, a juicy burger and a buttery ear of corn on our plates. We spend afternoons hovered over the grill to see which of our favorite summer staples will come off next -- always hungry, perpetually thirsty. The only thing that could possibly stand between us and perfect summer days like these are lackluster grilling skills. Don't be that person -- be prepared. Here's what you need to know:

  • Let's start from the beginning. Your grill is your temple -- keep it clean, or you'll sacrifice flavor and those much sought-after grill marks.
  • While we're talking basics, let's review how to light a grill. We'll even show you how to do it without lighter fluid.

  • Now let's start grilling -- a whole fish. It's sure to impress your friends, and it's one of the best ways to enjoy seafood all summer long.
  • Feeling fancy? Try grilling your fish on a wood plank. Your fish will be tender and moist, with a delicious woodsy flavor to boot.

  • For the carnivores among us, this is also the time to get to know your meat, its different cuts, and how to cook them.
  • Go out with a bang -- or at least shut down your grill properly. It will keep you safe, and it will make firing it up that much easier and more efficient for your next barbecue.