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BBQ Basics: Techniques You Need to Know

Grilling Tips

Weber charcoal grills and gas barbecues give you great grilled results every time because they are designed to give you ultimate control of your grilling temperature and cooking method. Here we explain the secret to great grilling.

Grilling Tips
Direct Method

The Direct Method is similar to broiling. Food is cooked directly over the heat source. For even cooking, food should be turned once halfway through the grilling time. Use the Direct method for foods that take less than 25 minutes to cook: like steaks, chops, kabobs, sausages and vegetables. Direct cooking is also necessary to sear meats. Searing creates that wonderful crisp, caramelized texture where the food hits the grate. It also adds nice grill marks and flavour to the entire food surface. Steaks, chops, chicken pieces, and larger cuts of meat all benefit from searing.

Grilling Tips
Indirect Method

The Indirect Method is similar to roasting, but with the added benefits of that grilled texture, flavour, and appearance you can't get from an oven. Heat rises, reflects off the lid and inside surfaces of the grill, and slowly cooks the food evenly on all sides. The circulating heat works much like a convection oven, so there's no need to turn the food. Use the Indirect Method for foods that require 25 minutes or more of grilling time or for foods that are so delicate that direct exposure to the heat source would dry them out or scorch them.

Grilling safety requires placing your grill on a flat, level surface that remains free of combustible materials that could catch fire should you experience grill flare-ups or your fire produces sparks.
Building a simple deck for your grill can provide a safe location to cook outdoors without worry. Choose from several different decking materials to build a deck that fits your style and level of building experience.
Regardless of which simple deck style you choose to use for your grill, you must prepare the ground beneath the area. You may need to level the surface if you intend to install the deck on the ground rather than install a raised deck.
You can find a variety of snap together decking tiles to use when building a simple grilling deck. These tiles are made from different hardwood and composite materials, such as teak, eucalyptus, recycled woods and recycled plastics.

See how Samsung’s smart kitchen appliances have helped blogger, Shavonda Gardner from SG Style, and her family navigate life a little easier in the kitchen. A Quick Kitchen Facelift with Samsung Appliances When our existing range and refrigerator started to give out on us I knew it was time to think about what features we...

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Morgan and Sean of Charleston Crafted went all out for this year’s Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge. Follow along to see how they created the perfect pirate-themed skeleton showdown in their front yard. Creating a Pirate Skeleton Showdown in Your Front Yard Halloween has to be the most fun holiday of the year. It is...

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See how influencer Ashley Basnight from Handmade Haven created the perfect outdoor entertaining space to host her family and friends this Fall. Patio Refresh for Fall Entertaining Every now and then, I like to take the time to liven up my backyard space and it’s been a while since my covered patio has received some...

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After planning, prepping, and tending to your Farmhouse Garden, it’s time to stop and smell the roses. Ashley of Heirloomed believes your garden should be designed to enjoy, so today she’s sharing her favorite tips for garden-inspired entertaining. Just getting started? Click here to view the rest of her series! Entertaining From Your Farmhouse Garden...

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Cristina Garay of Remodelando La Casa has been remodeling her home for the past several years and left the master bathroom for last. Read on to learn about the steps she took to transform her unused bathtub into a beautiful walk-in shower. Six-Step Walk-in Shower Install I spent the past several years remodeling our plain, cookie cutter...

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We teamed up with DIY expert Ben Uyeda of Homemade Modern to convert a few shipping containers into a home built with materials and tools available at The Home Depot. Throughout the coming months, Ben will be sharing a more detailed look inside the container home and several DIY projects he completed within it. I’m...

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Tabitha Jo, from Chica and Jo, restores the magic back into her Dad’s kitchen with new appliances from GE. Read her story below and see how she transformed this dated kitchen with help from The Home Depot. Giving the Perfect Gift: A Kitchen Makeover for Dad I grew up in the dark ages where we...

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For this year’s Style Challenge, Ashley of At Home With Ashley decided to makeover her front porch for Halloween. Follow along for five tips on creating a stylish, yet spooky front porch. Creating A Spooky Haunted Porch Halloween is right around the corner! If you have a big (or small) porch, I wanted to share...

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Decorating a small front porch for Halloween doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow along to see how Anika of Anika’s DIY Life made the most of her small front porch with a few clever DIY projects for this year’s Halloween and Harvest Style Challenge. How to Decorate a Small Front Porch for Halloween Hi everyone!...

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It can be easy to overlook your guest room until the holidays roll around. Follow along to see how Chelsea of Making Home Base thoughtfully preps her guest bedroom to prepare for Holiday visitors. Prepping Your Guest Room for the Holidays We’re entering the season of entertaining, which means having overnight guests. I love hosting...

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Taking proper care of your garden is a crucial step in ensuring it remains healthy throughout the season. Follow along as Ashley of Heirloomed shares her favorite tips for tending to your farmhouse garden. Click here to check out the rest of her Farmhouse Garden series. Tending to Your Farmhouse Garden My farmhouse garden is in...

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Jenni Radosevich, of I Spy DIY, has a passion for finding out the latest trends in home design and turning them into do-it-yourself projects. Read through Jenni’s thought process as she choses the the perfect appliances for her 1875 home kitchen renovation. Bayview Barnhouse – Tips for Picking Appliances Hi All! It’s Jenni from I SPY DIY...

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Even a simple update can make a big difference in your home. Follow along as Rachel Metz of Living to DIY walks you through replacing her old shower head with a new Moen Magnetix model. How To Replace Your Shower Head Low flow is something a household should never suffer from…and my household has been...

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Replacing your shower head is a quick and easy bathroom update that can make a big impact. Follow along as Ashley Basnight of Handmade Haven walks you through the installation, and her favorite features from the new Moen Magnetix line. Upgrading a Shower Head with MOEN Magnetix One of the quickest ways to update your bathroom...

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Aileen Allen, the DIY blogger behind At Home in Love, gives a boring bathroom a beautiful budget-friendly makeover. A Boring Builder Bathroom Gets a Budget-Friendly Makeover My husband and I enjoy working on house projects, but our skills are limited. So when we were house hunting last year, our goal was to find a cosmetic fixer....

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DIY and blogger, Ashley Basnight from Handmade Haven, organized her multi-purpose closet with The Home Depot. Read on to learn how she got rid of the clutter using a hanging tower, storage cart and some storage bins! Getting Organized: A Multi-Purpose Closet If you are anything like me, your closet gets cluttered fast and becomes the hub...

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Replacing your shower head can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! Follow along as Alexi Politis of Seeking Alexi takes you through 5 simple steps to replacing your shower head with a new Moen Magnetix model. Simple Shower Head Upgrade with Moen Magnetix Has anyone else been kind of terrified to replace their...

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Paint an accent wall to quickly bring a fresh new look to a room. Ashley Basnight of Handmade Haven noticed that all the walls in her bedroom were neutral grey. To give it some extra character, she decided to add color and wall paneling to bring her vision to life. Check out this step-by-step guide...

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Nothing beats the sense of accomplishment you feel when you truly do it yourself. Read on to see how Rachel completely transformed her entire laundry room with the help of The Home Depot. Samsung FlexWash/FlexDry Inspired Laundry Room Makeover Choosing the right appliances for your laundry room is one of the most adult-iest things you...

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Nothing beats a Sunday brunch like gathering with loved ones and spending quality time together. Read more below on how Ashley Basnight from Handmade Haven creates the perfect setting for her family to enjoy! The Perfect Family Sunday Brunch If you’re anything like me, you love a good family gathering, and for my family/friends, Sunday...

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After you’ve done all of the prep work, you’re ready to plant your new farmhouse garden. Follow along as Ashley of Heirloomed shares her favorite tips for planting to your farmhouse garden. Click here to check out the rest of her Farmhouse Garden series. Planting Your Farmhouse Garden Hey, it’s Ashley from Heirloomed and if you’ve...

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Creating a fresh garden doesn’t have to be a daunting project. Follow along as Ashley of Heirloomed shares a few easy tips for planning your own farmhouse inspired garden. Inspiration for Creating a Farmhouse Garden Hi, I’m Ashley Schoenith, the founder + lifestyle designer of Heirloomed. I’m on a mission to keep heirlooms around for...

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Creating a fresh garden doesn’t have to be a daunting project. Follow along as Ashley of Heirloomed shares a few easy tips for planning your own farmhouse inspired garden. Click here to check out the rest of her Farmhouse Garden series. Planning and Preparing Your Garden It’s Ashley from heirloomed again and today I’m sharing a...

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The kitchen is the focal point of most homes. Even if your home is older, your appliances don’t have to be. Adam Beasley of Lazy Guy DIY was limited in size, storage and functionality of his kitchen appliances. Today, he spends more time in his kitchen than ever before, and he’ll tell you why while...

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.. Katrina Sullivan of Chic Little House decided to revamp her laundry room to create a space that is organized, inviting, and functional. Her summer makeover is complete with new storage, countertops, fresh paint, and of course, a new LG washer and dryer with all the bells and whistles. With the help of The Home...

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Corey Decker from Sawdust 2 Stitches spruces up her laundry room with a fresh coat of paint and appliances that minimize effort and maximize effectiveness. Read more about her makeover below! Electrolux Smart Boost Technology Washer and Dryer After living in our current home for nearly 2 years, I FINALLY decided take some time and give...

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Follow along as Ashley from Handmade Haven takes you through her laundry room makeover. See the before and after transformation below. Choosing the Perfect Washer and Dryer Set for a Laundry Room Refresh When I moved into my new house, I inherited an old washer and dryer from my previous living space. Not too long after moving...

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Follow along as Miranda from Live Free Creative takes you through her small laundry room transformation. Read more about the makeover below. Small Laundry Room Makeover with Samsung Appliances When we bought our small, 1948 Cape Cod home in Virginia, upgrading the laundry area was a priority. And after we finished our full kitchen renovation, the dirty,...

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Bathroom Refresh and Cleaning Tips with Scrubbing Bubbles Here’s just a few ways to freshen up your bathroom with some weekend DIY. Keep it fresh after all your hard work is done with Scrubbing Bubbles®. Get Organized Small bathrooms can become cluttered quickly, so maximize your space with thoughtful storage solutions. An over the toilet...

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Latest Interior Design Trends in Hardware: 8 Inspiring Mood Boards Last year, we revealed mood boards based on new interior design trends in hardware tones and finishes and how they’re combined to create specific styles—check out how we’ve styled latest interior design trends in hardware finishes, tile and paint to complete finished looks you can...

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Finding the perfect carpet may seem overwhelming, but oftentimes, the right carpet can help complete the design aesthetic of your room. The Home Depot’s PetProof Carpet not only offers different textures and colors to best match your style, but is also equipped with built-in stain, spill and odor protection technology to keep your carpet clean...

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Create the outdoor space of your dreams with a DIY paver patio. Follow along as Laura and Aaron of Garden Answer install a paver patio from the ground up, with tips and tricks for installing your own at home! Installing a Paver Patio and Fire Pit from the Ground Up! My brother and sister-in-law have...

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Follow along as Savannah of DIY and design blog Classy Clutter takes you through her backyard paver patio transformation step by step. Read more about the fun, family-friendly backyard makeover below. How to Transform Your Backyard With Pavers When we bought our house we knew that the backyard was going to need some major work. Installing patio...

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DIY and blogger, Ashley Basnight from Handmade Haven helped The Heard family transform their patio deck into the perfect, functional space for their family gatherings. Read more about how she completed the patio makeover below. Patio Makeover: A Transformation for the Perfect Family Celebration There is something really special about being able to transform a space...

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There’s no beating around the bush on this one: Bathroom renovations are tough—both mentally and financially. But there are ways to make the process as painless as possible! Lifestyle blogger Carrie Waller, of Dream Green DIY, spent several months working with her local Home Depot kitchen and bath center to refresh the dated bathroom in...

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Stainless Steel Alternatives: Black Stainless Steel & Slate Appliance Finishes When looking for a kitchen update, many people head straight for stainless steel appliances. Stainless steel is sleek, chic, and has been a classic for decades. It will always be a great option for your kitchen appliances, but don’t be afraid to explore alternative finishes...

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Adding a paver patio to your backyard can make outdoor entertaining a breeze. Follow along as Michiel Perry of Black Southern Belle creates a hardscaped patio area perfect for entertaining family and friends. Patio Living in a Southern Outdoor Oasis Outdoor entertaining is a must in the South and despite having the perfect backyard to...

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It can be difficult to style an outdoor space with no defined seating area. Follow along as Stacy Risenmay of Not Just a Housewife creates the perfect outdoor entertaining area by installing a paver patio. How to install a paver patio In the time we have lived in this house, we have never had a...

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The DIY Huntress, Sam Raimondi is tackling professional grade stains without hiring a professional with the help of the new Hoover PowerDash Complete. Check out her favorite tips to a no-hassle carpet cleaning experience. How To Clean Professional Grade Stains Without Hiring A Professional Raise your hand if you have spent a lot of time...

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Adding another entertaining area to your backyard can be an easy DIY project. Follow along as Morgan McBride of Charleston Crafted walks through a few simple steps to create this paver bench and fire pit set up! Creating a Backyard Entertaining Area with Paver Kits Our backyard is coming together. The second phase after completing...

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Living with pets can be a mess, but with The Home Depot’s PetProof carpet, stains, dirt, and spills are no match. Equipped with built-in stain, spill and odor protection technology, PetProof carpet was designed with pet owners in mind. We asked Juniper the Fox, of JuniperFoxx, to put PetProof carpet to the test in their...

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Keeping carpets clean can be a constant struggle, especially for pet owners. Abby Capalbo of AbbyCapalbo.com struggled to keep her rugs clean with her golden retriever and new puppy around. Rather than removing the entire rug to be cleaned or hiring an expensive professional cleaning service, Abby was able to easily clean her favorite rug...

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  Spend more time relaxing and entertaining in your backyard with the addition of a paver patio. Follow along as Miranda of Live Free Creative Co. completely transforms her neglected backyard by installing a DIY paver patio. Extend your Outdoor Space with a DIY Paver Patio Spring is creeping upon us, and there is no...

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Kevin O’Gara from Thou Swell recently transformed his Dad’s kitchen with the help of new KitchenAid appliances. Check out how his reveal came out below! Gorgeous Gray Kitchen Makeover With KitchenAid I’ve redesigned pretty much every room in my dad’s house – except for for the kitchen. I was more hesitant to tackle this room since...

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Michiel Perry of Black Southern Belle took this year’s Patio Style Challenge as an opportunity to create the perfect southern inspired outdoor entertaining space. Check out her easy tips for incorporating a little southern style into your patio design. Modern & Southern Patio Decor Spring in the south is all about outdoor entertaining. Whether it...

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Turn your unused outdoor space into a functional patio dining room in a few easy steps. Follow along as Ty Stewart of Little Home Reloved transforms her unused carport into a space for eating and entertaining for this year’s Patio Style Challenge. Carport to Patio Dining Room Transformation We knew when we started renovating my...

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Spring Planter Perk up Chances are winter may have left some of your outdoor potted plants looking less than lush.  Now is the perfect time to refresh your patio or porch with new planters overflowing with colorful blooms (or fresh edibles). And Miracle-Gro has an excellent variety of soils for all types of plants and...

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Shelby from Shelby Rae Photographs was in search of the perfect vacuum to clean up after her two pups. See how the Hoover SmartWash Pet Advance exceeded her expectations, below! Easy Carpet Cleaning With SmartWash Pet Advance If you know me, then you know I am a total clean freak (yes, I deep clean my house every...

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Miranda Anderson of Live Free Creative Co. used this year’s Patio Style Challenge as an opportunity to transform the backyard of her new fixer upper into a perfect outdoor entertaining space. Follow along her style journey for tips on creating a cozy, lively patio space. How to Create a Lively Patio Outdoor Entertaining Space The...

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Black Stainless Steel is the new Black and Alexi Politis from Seeking Alexi is giving us her professional tips on how to create a fresh new look in your kitchen with the help of GE’s new finishes. Read more about styling GE black stainless steel kitchen appliances below! Tips On Styling Black Stainless Steel Kitchen...

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