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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.

As we countdown to Kwanzaa, The Home Depot and Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love are excited to share an easy-to-make kinara that can be customized to you and your family’s Kwanzaa traditions!  No worries! Check out Amber’s blog below for some other great family craft ideas, tips and tricks! Kwanzaa is an African American holiday celebrating...

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We all love a good, late breakfast, aka Brunch, especially on Christmas Day. Set up your dining room table to suit all of the family this Christmas season with inspiration from Jen Svendsen of Midwest Life and Style Blog. See how she transformed her dining room for a holiday brunch with the help of The...

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The holidays can get complicated, from gifts to decorating, but no need to worries thanks to Katie Dunn of Classically Dunn. Katie shared her simple holiday decorating tips and ways to fill your home with holiday cheer the classic way. Check out how she did it below with the help of The Home Depot. Hello!...

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The traditional Christmas decor that we’re all used to includes: A green  tree, white snowflakes and peppermint themed ornaments. Well this year, Carla Bethany is doing it her way – Lots of color! See how she spiced up her Christmas tree and decor this year with the help of The Home Depot. Whimsical Pink Christmas...

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First-time holiday decorator? No worries! With a bit of help from The Home Depot, Stacie Abdallah of Stacie’s Spaceswas able to infuse some holiday flair into her outdoor garden and arbor for the first time. Check out her blog below for some great DIY tips and tricks! Can I let you in on a little...

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Pack up the pumpkins and bring out the holiday lights! Caitlin Swanson of Caitlin Marie Design has all of the tips and tricks you need to add some holiday cheer to your front porch — thanks to some holiday decor help from The Home Depot! Decorating our exterior for the holidays is a first for us...

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The holiday season looks a little different this year. Kids may not be able to visit Santa and his helpers, but who says Santa can’t stop by and visit them. The Home Depot challenged Torie Kadiri of ScotsHill House with transforming her yard into Santa’s Workshop, check it out below. The Holidays and winter are my...

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Aminah Chung of Neatly Living has the 411 on how to combine pops of color with more neutral styles this holiday season. Thanks to help from The Home Depot, Aminah was able to spruce up her front entryway with some festive holiday decor! Without a doubt, Christmas...

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Nothing sets the mood for the holiday season like a decorative dining room refresh. Warm and cozy for the family to enjoy dinner and each other’s company. Bryan Fiveash of DIY Daddy and his family decked out their dining room with the help of The Home Depot. See how he mastered this style challenge below....

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Looking to spruce up your entryway for the holidays? Amanda Fontenot of Amanda Fontenot Blog was able to revamp her front entryway for the holidays with some help from The Home Depot. Check out her blog post below for tips and tricks on adding holiday decor to your space — inside and out!  I absolutely love...

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There’s nothing like the holiday season, and it’s even better when you can enjoy it outside. Leslie Saeta of My 100 Year Old Home shared how she transformed her patio into a holiday paradise even a nutcracker would love, with some help from The Home Depot! I am so excited to share with you my Christmas Nutcracker...

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As the temperatures drop during the fall, creating a cozy space is a must. With the help of The Home Depot, Rashida Banks was able to find happiness in home decor by designing a space that’s true to her style and perfect for the season. Check out how you can turn your guest bedroom into...

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Spooky season is in full effect, quarantine style. Stacey-Ann Blake of Design Addict Mom decided to celebrate Halloween a little differently this year by styling her front “grave” yard. This not only keeps the kids entertained while socially distancing, but it adds “life” to the neighborhood. See how she styled her yard below. Is Halloween...

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The living room is one of the most important parts of the home, as it is used for lounging and entertaining. Maria Valero from Maca’s Diary gave her living room a much needed refresh using products from The Home Depot. See how she transformed her space just in time for the fall season, and how...

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The new color palette can give any room in your home a makeover. Carolina Mastrangelo from Carola MM upgraded her guest bedroom with warm colors to create a cozy space for fall. See how you can create a bohemian chic styled space like Carolina did. Creating A Bohemian Chic Guest Bedroom For Fall Quarantine and...

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Watch your step when you walk through this eerie graveyard! Jodi Bond of House on a Sugar Hill transformed her walkway and front yard into a graveyard display. This would make anyone’s hair rise thanks to decor from The Home Depot. Nestled beneath mature oak trees, yet set high on a hill, our home is –...

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Halloween is spooky enough on its own. However, when you add a ghostly graveyard filled with tombstones, skeletons, and smoke, it ups the eerie factor. Jessie Ecker of Eye in the Detail shared how she turned her front yard into a sinister cemetery for The Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge and how you can too with...

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If your “Work from Home” space needs a refresh, check out this stylish closet and office makeover from Lauren Price of Lauren Elyce. She used some of her favorite pieces from The Home Depot to revamp and organize her space. Find out how she did it all on a budget below. Closet and Office Makeover...

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When it’s finally the time of year for Halloween, everyone loves to decorate their home to celebrate. Christina Brooks of Bee Tree Design Co was able to show off her family’s spooky side, participating in The Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge. With help from The Home Depot’s decor, she was able to try something different and...

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With fall in full swing and Halloween drawing near, a lot of yards are getting spookier and spookier! Charlotte Smith of At Charlotte’s House transformed her yard (playhouse included) into a ghostly graveyard that’s sure to send a shiver up anyone’s spine. With some holiday decor help from The Home Depot, Charlotte was able to take...

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Fall is here and Halloween is fast approaching! Jenna Pilant of Room Bloom Design brought her colorful style, and a clown or two, to her front porch for a festive Halloween display, while participating in The Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge. With decorations and some staple items from The Home Depot, Jenna was able to start...

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Halloween is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate the spookiest season than with some frightful decor! Marissa Ashcraft of One CrafDIY Girl was able to transform her front porch into a sight her neighbors will never forget, while participating in The Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge. With decor from The Home...

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Holiday season this year will be a bit different, especially Halloween. We’re used to dressing up, trick-or-treating from house to house in the neighborhood with family and throwing large, fancy costume parties. Due to social distancing, we unfortunately have to cut back. Luckily, Nickell Morgan of Simply Handmade shared her idea of an intimate, socially...

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How many of us own a closet that has become an unorganized, cluttered storage space? A lot of us have at least one. Riche Holmes Grant of The Riche Life is sharing how she and her little one turned their cluttered closet space into a cool, neat bookshelf closet. Riche is one of the 2020...

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Ghouls and goblins may dominate the Halloween scene, but a giant dragon is sure to also delight and fright. Scott Stoll of Stolloween is back with another unique project for The Home Depot’s Halloween Style Challenge. This time, he’s sharing how to create a haunted mine dragon lair. Enter if you dare! Haunted Mine Dragon Lair...

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Repurposing furniture can be an easy and rewarding DIY project. Ashley Basnight of Handmade Haven shows how a quick coat of Varathane Premium wood stain can transform an old piece of furniture into a beautiful brand new masterpiece. Who doesn’t love bringing a furniture piece back to life? When I first started blogging, furniture repurposing was...

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Whenever you want to revamp any old pieces throughout the home, a quick stain can immediately improve the look and feel of your vintage items. Alexi Parry of Seeking Alexi shows you how interior staining can be simple and effective for any DIY indoor project. When I first started staining projects, unbeknownst to me, I...

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Everyone loves when a DIY project can add functionality and beauty to a home! Dena Breitmeyer of Fletcher Creek Cottage demonstrates how a simple staining project can be completed in one afternoon with a just a few materials from The Home Depot. I love it when a DIY project can add functionality and beauty to my...

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Everyone has an old piece of furniture in their home that they wish they could revive. Monica Chavez of House of Esperanza shows us how to take an antique piece of furniture and refinish it using Varathane Premium interior wood stain. Hi everyone! Monica Chavez here with a super simple furniture refinishing project. I have...

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There is no better place to spend the warmer months than on your back deck or patio. Timisha Porcher of Tool Box Divas transformed her neighbor’s deck into an oasis by using Olympic Stain to bring it back to its full potential. Read more for a step-by-step tutorial on staining your deck. With more people home,...

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Mother-daughter duo, Steph and Vicki Kostopoulos of Mother Daughter Projects show us how they touched up their weathered cedar oak patio furniture with the help of Olympic Elite Solid Stain. After seven years of use, this outdoor cedar wood furniture was past due for a new look. The unfinished wood meant that stains and dirt...

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Liven up your back patio or deck without over spending on an expensive remodel job. Check out how Sam Raimondi of DIY Huntress revamped her Grandparents’ patio deck with a few simple coats of Olympic Exterior Wood Stain. Summertime is the perfect time to give your deck some love! I recently decided to refresh my...

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Refreshing old wood furniture can seem like an overwhelming task, especially if it’s spent months, even years, outside slowing corroding. Check out the video and blog post below to see how Tyson Moore refreshed and weatherproofed some of his exterior furniture pieces with the help of Olympic stains and sealants. Hello everyone! My name is...

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Stains on our wooden fences can take away from the curb appeal of our beautiful yards. Instead of painting them a different color, which we’ve all thought about, check out the video and blog below to see how Suzannah Stanley was able to refresh and waterproof her wooden fence. Why we wanted to stain or...

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When updating your patio, you want something that is functional but also beautiful. Corey Decker of Sawdust to Stitches did just that by updating her outdoor furniture with a fresh new coat of stain and sealant and by building an exterior planter wall to house some greenery. Keep reading to see how Corey refreshed her...

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