Building Deck & DIY Platform for a Grill
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.

When moving into a new home, you want to make a great first impression for your guests. With a little help from The Home Depot, Jacki Quinones was able to make this front entryway feel like home to her. When we moved into our home a few months back, we knew a new front door...

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Gbeke Omosebi of Simplicity For Designs renovated her children’s playroom with the help of The Home Depot. These simple and inexpensive touches added a great sense of personality to the room for her kids. The reveal of our kids’ playroom is here! Completing this playroom has been on our to-do list for awhile. Our kids...

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Rachel Pereira of Shades of Blue Interiors had the opportunity to help out others and transform two rooms for a local family with the help of The Home Depot. Read how she did it below! A few months ago, I embarked on a project for a deserving local family who had recently adopted three siblings....

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Having three dogs put a toll on the carpet in the master bedroom of Brooke Cribbs from Cribbs Style. Updating her master bedroom flooring with a durable yet aesthetically pleasing option was made easy thanks to LifeProof Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring from The Home Depot. After looking at all the options The Home Depot had...

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As a lucky winner of the 2019 Orange Tank Competition, Brittany made her dream project to transform her backyard into the perfect family hangout a reality. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend a home blogging conference where I pitched a backyard makeover to The Home Depot. I was so excited to win...

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When the family comes home for the holidays, there’s no greater feeling than knowing you have a cozy guest room to host them in. JeriKey Moujoodi of Farmhouse Love was able to transform her office/guest room just in time with help from The Home Depot. I was super excited about this room refresh with The...

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Bryan Fiveash of Do It Yourself Daddy is a busy father of four who understands the agony of managing carpet spills. Bryan showcases how easy it is to install LifeProof Vinyl Plank Flooring from The Home Depot, ensuring a beautiful but resilient home update. As a DIY-er and homeowner, I’m always on the lookout for...

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A small bathroom renovation is still a big job to complete! Read more below on how Christine Hart of Christine Marie remodeled her unfinished bath into a mid-century masterpiece with a little help from The Home Depot. I am thrilled to be partnering on my bathroom renovation with a store that my Dad and I...

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When it comes to Christmas decor, the sky’s the limit! Nichol Naranjo was able to think outside of the box and take advantage of a few Home Depot products to demonstrate how holiday decor can easily extend to your patio area. Christmas is quickly coming upon us! I don’t know about you but I love...

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Check out this effortless, festive outdoor Holiday look by Laura Tusken of Inspiration for Moms. This quick, easy and low-budget outdoor home decor will have your home lighting up the block. One of my favorite Christmas childhood memories is driving around town to look at the homes decked out in Christmas lights. My dad, mom,...

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Hosting your entire family for the holidays can be very exciting. Rashida Banks of Rashida Banks Blog was able to take advantage of a few The Home Depot products, showing how to make your space feel cozy and festive for your family during the holidays. We’re hosting Christmas for the first time in years. I...

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Check out this festive holiday decor by Suzannah Stanley of Create/Enjoy. This quick, easy and festive Christmas decor will have your home lighting up the block and it’s all available at The Home Depot. We made choosing our holiday decor easy this year by finding everything we need at The Home Depot! We always get...

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Nothing rings in the holidays more than spending time decorating with family. As a fairly new homeowner, Taryn Newton of Glamorous Versatility was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products to create a classic outdoor holiday decor for her yard in an affordable way. The holidays are here! I can’t believe we...

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Renovating the master bedroom is everyone’s favorite project, and it doesn’t have to be that difficult! With a little help from The Home Depot, Chelsea Johnson of Making Manzanita took her bedroom from blah to boho and matched her personal style. We’ve been working on renovating our master bedroom over the last several months. We started...

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With a townhouse, Christmas decor possibilities can seem limited. Nadia Cassanova of Styled By Cassanova was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products, showing how even the smallest changes can still make a huge difference. Happy holidays! Although decorating for Christmas can seem overwhelming, I’m here to share a few, simple options to...

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All it takes is a few simple updates to make your home holiday-hosting ready. With a little Home Depot decor, Kourtni Munoz of House on Longwood Lane set the stage for a top-notch Friendsgiving feast. As the holidays start to roll around, holiday prep can be pretty stressful; especially with traveling here and there to visit family...

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With the help of The Home Depot, Sandy Coughlin of Reluctant Entertainer created a new, festive dining space in her home for Friendsgiving dinner this year. What exactly is a Friendsgiving party? Friendsgiving is everything you love about Thanksgiving—cozy food, familiar company, lively laughter—except you invite your closest friends. In sum, it is an occasion to...

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Rashida Banks of Rashida Banks blog was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products available in store and online to show how to create a luxurious holiday decor space this season. There’s something about equal play of mixed metals on a tree that is so luxurious. Blacks, browns, bronze, and polished nickel...

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With the help of The Home Depot, Julianna Christensen of Blush and Camo shopped online and ushered in the holiday spirit by creating a new, festive space in their home. I’m so excited to partner with The Home Depot and take on the #HomeDepotStyleChallenge. Today, I’m sharing how I styled a few gorgeous pieces from...

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Finding new bedding and bath textiles can be a fun task. Leslie Saeta from My 100 Year Old Home was able to take advantage of Home Depot’s bedding and bath product offerings to refresh her space. Finding bedding and bath towels that you love is often a daunting task. Imagine what it is like when you...

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For many, the holiday season is about family and those traditions that evoke nostalgia and snap us into the spirit of Christmas. Ashley Thurman of Cherished Bliss was able to share the simple but timeless tradition of decorating a tree by picking up a few vintage-inspired Home Depot products and showcase her holiday style. Every...

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Storage and Cleaning Gifts for the Neat Freak in Your Life We all have that one friend with a never-ending to do list and a particular way of getting things organized and clean. From robot vacuums to unique storage and shelving ideas, this collection of storage and cleaning gifts will keep the neat freak in...

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Plant Lover Gifts If shopping for a plant-obsessed loved one this holiday season, cater to their green interests with these plant lover gifts from Monsteras and terrariums. Indoor Plants for the Plant Addict Monstera Complete the plant addict’s collection with an always trendy tropical Monstera deliciosa.  Pothos For the new indoor gardener and plant lover trying...

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Host Gift Ideas If you’re shopping for a someone that loves to host and entertain friends and family this holiday season, these gifts are sure to impress.We’ve gathered the best of the best for this host gift idea list, from charcuterie boards and serveware to air fryers, bar carts and more. Charcuterie Boards Charcuterie and...

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Everyone knows prepping for the holidays can be a lot of fun. Destiny Alfonso of Just Destiny Mag was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products by showing how to create a wonderful and entertaining Friendsgiving. I’m so happy to be back on The Home Depot blog with you guys today sharing...

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When you purchase a fixer upper to renovate, you are taking on a huge challenge. With a little help from The Home Depot, Katherine Brooks of Design Central Project revamped her neglected back porch to a beautiful space for the whole family to enjoy. When we purchased our 1905 Victorian home a couple of years...

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Chef Gifts & Ideas for This Holiday Season If you’re looking for gift ideas for a pro chef or your favorite home chef, these gift ideas are for you. Here are our top picks for the chef in your life. Air Fryers For the health-conscious chef in your life, air fryers can make food prep...

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As new homeowners, renovations can be difficult, especially for the floors. Reichel Broussard of Copy Cat Chic was able to take advantage of  a few Home Depot products, showing how flooring made a huge difference in her kitchen. When we first moved into our new house over a year ago, there was a laundry list...

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Kristen Johnson of A Girl and Her Glitter was one of our winners from this year’s Orange Tank Pitch Competition. She submitted her dream project and presented on stage at the 2019 Haven Conference. Read below how she transformed an empty space into her dream Insta-ready space. I’m so very excited to present to you...

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Halloween does not always have to be scary. Kati Farrer of Houseful of Handmade was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products, showing how to decorate her patio for Halloween. Have fun with your Halloween decor this year and decorate with bright colors in a Day of the Dead theme! Instead of...

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Halloween is a big deal to Mallory Nickolaus of Classy Clutter. This year she was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products, showing how Halloween decor does not have to be scary for young children. Halloween is a big deal around here! As soon there is even a hint of fall in...

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With Halloween around the corner, it is always fun to decorate the outside of your home in preparation for guests. Chelsea Johnson of Making Manzanita was able to take advantage of  a few Home Depot products, showing how she prepared for her trick-or-treaters this year. Halloween is right around the corner, so it’s time to...

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With Halloween around the corner, it’s the time of year to start thinking about outdoor fall decor. Noelle Bryant of Oh Happy Play was able to take advantage of  a few Home Depot products, and creatively design her patio to welcome her guests this holiday season. When it comes to decorating for the Holidays I...

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Especially  this time of year, we all need to find resources and do all we can to keep our homes and families safe. Morgan McBride of Charleston Crafted is able to share with us her own Hurricane Prep Kit with a little help from The Home Depot. We are in the middle of hurricane season...

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Halloween is around the corner, and families are getting ready to scare up some fun. Jessie Ecker of Eye In The Detail  created the ultimate pirate ship in her yard with the help of a few Home Depot products. This is my first year participating in The Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge. When I was invited...

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For many of us, the dining room is our favorite in the house. It’s where we have family time and where we entertain. Brandi Abdul-Malik of Don’t Disturb This Groove is able to show us how a few simple touch ups from The Home Depot can really help make this space your own. Lately, I’ve...

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Lydia D’Antonio, the blogger behind Lydia Louise Blog, wanted a cabinet upgrade without a full kitchen renovation. With some smart planning and a little bit of paint she was able to make a big impact. Read on for a step-by-step tutorial on how to give your kitchen a fresh, new look. The Before The one thing...

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It’s easy to scare up some fun with Halloween decorations from The Home Depot. Sadie Lish of Clover Lane Blog was able to take advantage of a few products to create a spooky Halloween porch with her kids. Halloween decor is out in full swing at The Home Depot and MY KIDS ARE HERE FOR...

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Home trends change, and over time new upgrades are needed to make a home feel new again. See how Corey Decker of Sawdust 2 Stitches was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products and upgrade her ‘90s style kitchen. Our Kitchen Before When we first moved into our current home it needed...

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Maintaining a home means you have to tackle a lot of chores, but that to-do list doesn’t have to be intimidating — not when you take it one season at a time! Today’s Homeowner’s Four Seasons of Home Ownership Guide breaks down home maintenance into spring, summer, fall and winter tasks to make everything manageable. Here’s...

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If you don’t have an outdoor space, holiday decor opportunities can seem limited. Kachet Jackson-Henderson  of The Kachet Life was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products, showing how to beautifully decorate her home with indoor decor for Halloween. When I thought about The Home Depot for Halloween decor shopping, I immediately...

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Make a statement when guests first walk in with a brick accent wall in your entryway. Blogger Brittany Norman of Ellison Made gives a step-by-step guide at how you can refresh your space with a fun accent wall. Read more to find out how to get this look for your home. The Before This is...

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When living in a rental property, renovations can be limited or difficult. Charlotte Smith of At Charlotte’s House was able to take advantage of a few Home Depot products to build a temporary wall to cover a chain link fence and add great curb appeal to her space. There are two fenced in pens at our...

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Finishing up your backyard area goes beyond just getting new furniture. Sarah Wagner of Dreaming of Homemaking shares how outdoor decor, a fresh coat of paint and a separation fence can create the perfect outdoor living area. It is amazing how DIY projects can transform any space, and that is what we have done in every...

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When buying a house, we can’t always choose the color of the first house we purchase – especially when buying it blind! Cathy Peshek of  Poor Little It Girl was able to show how The Home Depot’s ProjectColor App was able to transform her house’s exterior into her dream color! I can’t believe it’s been...

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For a master bedroom refresh, choosing a different color paint can drastically transform your space. Monica Benavidez of Monica Wants It was able to take advantage of  Home Depot products, showing how an accent wall can make a huge difference in a bedroom refresh. My master bedroom was looking a bit bare. I took down...

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Summertime often inspires us to tackle on a project or two. George Lehaf, from Makers Best Friend, took on a small kitchen project to make his space feel new. Follow along as he shows us, step-by-step how he created this farmhouse dinning table. The following instructions will walk you through creating this beautiful, farm-house styled...

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