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Outdoor cooking brings back memories of the smell of barbeque and familiar summer get-togethers. Though anyone can throw a burger on the grill and be relatively happy with the end result, there is an art to outdoor cooking. Here are some tips to give you a great piece of barbequed meat without having to slather it with sauce.

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The first tip to outdoor cooking is cooking on a clean grill. Just as you wouldn't want to use a dirty pan, using a dirty grill can have the same affect. Cleaning a grill can be a challenge but using an oven cleaner can make it a little easier. If you have a charcoal grill you should remove left over ash.

One aspect of outdoor cooking that is the most difficult to overcome is finding the right temperature. Unfortunately, this is one of the most important factors in determining how your food will turn out. However, it is not only the temperature that determines the end product of your outdoor cooking, but the amount of time you cook the food matters as well.

Without the right balance of time and temperature, you may end up with a blackened outside and a pink middle. Although it is easy to measure the time, how do you measure the temperature? This can be done by holding your hand 3 to 4 inches above the grate or where the meat is placed. The following scale is based on how long you can hold your hand in that position before moving it.

. 10 sec / low
. 7 sec / med-low
. 5 sec / med
. 3 sec / med-high
. 1 sec / high

With the proper balance of time and temperature and a clean work area, you are on the way to producing gourmet barbeque dishes. Where many early recipes focused on indoor cooking, there are now many books containing outdoor cooking recipes to give you inspiration and help you form those backyard barbeque memories.

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