What is there better to do than grill a steak on a beautiful Texas afternoon? Texas CattleWomen had a wonderful day at the Texas Beef Council Office. We had CattleWomen members from various chapters across the state get together to experience the one and only Grilling 101. If you have never experienced Grilling 101, this is a must. I highly suggest you jump on the next opportunity when this amazing program is offered.
Grilling 101 is broken down into different sections; In one section you are shown some tips on how a newer/better method at grilling can be achieved. In another part, you actually get to cook our own steak and the whole time you are learning and engaging in new techniques. For instance, did you know that it is not wise to use a grill brush? The bristles of the brush can break off when you are trying to clean the grill. If they are not caught, they can stay stuck on the grill and then in turn get into your meat. This is not good at all and can cause some serious problems if ingested. Another option is to use foil. Take some foil and roll it into a big ball and scrap the grill off with that. Make sure to do this after you have let the coals burn down a little bit. After you use the foil, you can get an onion and cut it in half. Some of the H-E-B’s have an onion holder for this specific reason. You can attach the onion at the end of the grilling cleaner and it will help you clean the grill.
Did you know that you are supposed to cook your steaks at 400 degrees? How do you know the temperature if you do not have a temperature gauge? Well, if you hold your hand four inches above the coals and you can hold it there for four seconds then you are going to be pretty darn close to 400 degrees.
There were many more interesting things we were able to learn. It is also very fascinating to learn how other CattleWomen Grill as well. Are you interested in doing a Grilling 101 at your local chapter? Be sure to reach out to the officer team if you think this would be a great idea for your chapter. No matter how much of an expert you may be, I bet you could still learn something new.
Texas CattleWomen Vice President – Casey Matzke