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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.

5 Benefits to Adding a Backyard Pavilion

Looking for a unique way to spruce up your backyard, increase its functionality and boost your comfort in daily living? You may consider adding a pavilion to your yard. You can put this structure at the edge of your deck or near your pool, but it’s also great by itself. You can even add accessories […]

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Looking for a unique way to spruce up your backyard, increase its functionality and boost your comfort in daily living? You may consider adding a pavilion to your yard. You can put this structure at the edge of your deck or near your pool, but it’s also great by itself. You can even add accessories […]

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Looking for a unique way to spruce up your backyard, increase its functionality and boost your comfort in daily living? You may consider adding a pavilion to your yard. You can put this structure at the edge of your deck or near your pool, but it’s also great by itself. You can even add accessories and amenities such as sliding glass doors, curtains, windows and more. Acting as an extension of your home, a pavilion brings the effects of a sun room to the outdoors.

Here are five top benefits of adding a backyard pavilion.

1.     Practicality

When you add a pavilion to your backyard, you add much-needed elegance and class to your landscape. Depending on the type you choose, you can use a pavilion all year long, providing shade in summer and shelter in the cooler months.

2.     Variety

When you partner with a company that designs and installs structures like pergolas, pavilions and gazebos, you’re not bound to a generic design or material. Instead, you are treated to a wide variety of shapes, styles and colors. Want cozy and homey? Opt for wood. Don’t want the upkeep? Go for vinyl.

If you want modern, surround your pavilion in glass. You can even use bricks for support and added aesthetics. When it comes to roofs, choose from metal to wood and anything in between.

3.     Increase in Property Value

Investing in your property is always wise. Potential buyers love to picture themselves enjoying their new backyard, and what better way for them to do that than with a pavilion? This is a unique addition to any property, increasing your value and even giving you a little extra bargaining power on asking price. But even if you don’t ever want to sell, a pavilion still adds untold value, increasing your enjoyment and comfort.

4.    Relaxation

Perhaps you don’t use your backyard as much as you would like because you hate to be annoyed by bugs, or you don’t have a shady spot to relax with a drink. With a pavilion, you can relax to your heart’s content. Leave it open or screen it in to keep the bugs out: your choice. A pavilion gives you an excuse to get outside to enjoy the fresh air without the inconveniences of the weather and insects.

5.     Recreation

A pavilion is always a crowd pleaser. If you love to entertain, this is the way to do it. You can throw any type of gathering, party or get-together and have the perfect space for it. From wine and cheese tastings and small weddings or showers to neighborhood cookouts and block parties, your pavilion is transformed into a fun and inviting environment instantly. Play some relaxing music from the sound system, gather round the pool, put out a spread of burgers and dogs, and generally just kick back and relax – all within a safe and contained area.

Contact Outdoor Home Living

To learn more about how we can augment your yard with a pavilion, contact us in Mesquite TX at 214-328-5296.

 

 

 

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