May is here; before you know it, it will be Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer, which brings with it the barbecue season. One of the perks of living at Mission Place in Jessup, MD is having access to outdoor grilling stations. In todays blog, we will provide some grilling tips to help you get the most out of this awesome amenity. Grill Preparation Preheat your grill 15 to 25 minutes before you plan to cook. Preheating to the proper temperature kills bacteria and will help ensure even cooking. A properly heated grill sears food on contact, keeps the insides moist, and helps to prevent sticking. Remove debris while the grill is hot. Use a long-handled grill brush on the grill rack to clean off charred remains from previous uses. Scrape again immediately after use. To help prevent food from sticking to your grill, oil your hot grill rack with a vegetable-oil-soaked paper towel; hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Never use cooking spray on a hot grill.) Prepare all of the food and lay the cooking implements you will need before you start grilling, and always use separate plates, containers, and utensils for raw and cooked foods. Grilling Tips Boneless chicken pieces cook well over direct heat; however, bone-in pieces take longer and direct heat will burn them. Sear and then move to a cooler part of the grill for a longer cooking time. When cooking ribs, take care to not add sauce too early, especially a sweet sauce; the sugars will burn and ruin the flavor. Add sauce during the last 30 minutes of cooking. For easy summer kabobs, soak an entire large package of bamboo skewers at once, for an hour or so, and then place them in a large, heavy duty freezer bag and freeze. When you want to do kabobs, simply remove the number of skewers needed. Grill delicate fish fillets and small chopped vegetables in a perforated grill pan; doing so will prevent them from falling through the grate. Coating vegetables with oil before grilling will help prevent sticking. Enjoy the summer grilling season! What are your favorite grilling tips? Please share in the comments.