Grilling Tips from Around University District

claydon 1With Fourth of July just around the corner, we want to address a very important issue here: grilling. America’s biggest celebration deserves a good ol’ fashioned BBQ! While hosting a BBQ on our rooftop is easy to say, it may not be so easy if you’re not sure if you’re grilling right.  We asked the best in our neighborhood to share with us (and you!) their ideas and knowledge for grilling, where to get the best meat to grill and where you could enjoy the best grilled meat in University District. As well as some must-have recipes and you can’t forget the drinks!

Grilling basics: 

  • Get it hot: Turn the grill on several minutes before you want to begin grilling. You want the grill nice and hot for when you begin.
  • Oil it up: Grab a paper towel and soak it in oil, grab it with tongs and rub it over the rack to avoid the meat from sticking to the grill.oil_grill_tip5
  • Dry it off: Pat your meat dry with a paper towel before you place it on the grill to get the perfect sear.
  • Let it rest: When the meat has reached your desire done-ness, let it rest for a few minutes to allow the juices to settle.
  • Use it: Grill pans are great for giving vegetables and fruits the smoky flavor we all love, without having them fall through the rack.

And for more advanced tips…

Where to get your meat

The number grilling tip our neighbors at the farmers market gave us was that the most important part of grilling is to get quality meat. Which is why you should skip the grocery store and go straight to the source: the farms. Not only will you save time avoiding the crowds, but you’ll get quality meat and will have supported a local business! We’re lucky University District has a year-round farmers market, which is exactly where you should begin your search. Whether you are looking for fish, pork, ribs, ribeye or simply poultry, you’ll find it at the market. Experts’ recommendations say your first stop should be Sea Breeze Farm. Their animals are all grass-fed and with a full service butcher shop, they can cater to your every request.

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Our other favorite, if you want to grill fish or other seafood, is University Seafood and Poultry. Located on Northeast 47th Street, University Seafood and Poultry has fresh seafood (get your lobster out of the tank here!) Whether you’re looking for a particular fish, or you’re going for jumbo shrimp for your kebabs, they’re your go-to in our neighborhood. They recommended Salmon, Snapper or Mahi Mahi for grilling.

You have your key grilling tips, and you have your meat—all you need now is the right recipes to make your July fourth BBQ the perfect one. Here are our top five recipes for Independence Day:babyback-ribs-5

  1. Bacon Bourbon BBQ Chicken Kebabs
  2. Beer Marinated Grilled Steak
  3. Grilled Cilantro Lime BBQ Wings
  4. Grilled Veggies: Zucchini, Carrot, Mushroom and Peppers
  5. Chipotle Baby Back Ribs

Lastly, the drinks! Eater Seattle has a fantastic list of the best mixed drinks for July fourth. Tried and tested by the best bartenders. Looking for more summer and barbecuing or drinks recipes? Follow our Pinterest Boards!

What are your plans for Independence Day? Do you have any grilling tips or secrets? Share them with us in the comments!

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