Grill Like A Girl

It’s officially grilling season in Chicagoland—woo hoo!  You know what that means?  Easy prep and less dishes to do thanks to your good old buddy the grill.  I know that there are many women who are intimidated by the metal beasts that await on their patios, but you don’t have to be! My no-nonsense tips will help you “Grill Like a Girl” in no time.

How to Grill Like a Girl -

Grilling Rules

  1. Think safety first. Have a cute statement bracelet on?  A dangly necklace?  Take them off before you start working with the grill.  You don’t want them to get hot or somehow get you in a painful situation.  You can always put them back on when you go to eat, so you can still be stylish during dinner.
  2. Check your supplies before you start cooking. If using a gas grill, check the amount of propane you have.  If using a charcoal grill, make sure you have enough charcoal and lighter fluid.  It isn’t fun to have to stop grilling to make a quick trek to the store.  Trust me.
  3. Get great grilling supplies. This means getting a thick oven mitt (not some cheap one from the Dollar Store).  Temperatures on a grill can get extremely hot and you want to stay safe, especially if you are moving around different food and pans on the grill, where there might be open flames.
  4. Get a great grill cleaning brush—and use it. You should clean the grill by scraping off any excess food from previous cooking sessions both before and after your grill your food.  We have had the same fantastic cleaning brush from Crate and Barrel for the last few seasons and it hasn’t let us down.
  5. Season and dry your food before slapping it down on the grill. Especially when working with meats, you want to dry them off by patting them with a paper towel and then generously seasoning them with salt and pepper.  After learning this trick in a grilling class, my food has tasted so much better, with stronger flavors and a nicer texture.
  6. Get the grill HOT. Before you put any food on the grill, you want it to be hot in order to get a nice sear on whatever you are cooking.  You can always turn the temperature down (on a gas grill) or move the food over to the cooler side of the grill (if using a charcoal grill) after getting some initial color onto your fruits, veggies, or meats.
  7. Smell gas? Then most likely your grill didn’t start correctly.  Turn everything off and start over.  You do not want any gas accumulating near an open flame, especially when the hood of the grill is closed.
  8. Having trouble getting your charcoal grill to keep a steady flame? You can add a small amount of lighter fluid.  Remember, the goal is to have hot coals (after a while they will get hot and red), not have a flame.
  9. Teach your kids about grill safety. My boys know to never go near the grill, whether it is on or off because it is HOT HOT HOT.  We also use a bench blockade in front of the grill whenever it is in use.


Grill Recipe Inspiration


Yogurt Marinated Chicken Souvlaki—Culinary Flavors 


Steak and Chicken Kabobs—My Heavenly Recipes


Movie Theatre Butter Corn on the Cob—The Evolution of Mom  


Grilled Apple Pie Pizza—Simple Hacks Living 


Happy Grilling!

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  1. Yolanda Williams says

    This post was soooo on time for me. I must admit, I am one of those women who is intimidated by the grill. So I stick to the George Foreman LOL. But I am going to try these steps this summer. Thanks

  2. Travis says

    This is great grilling advice, both for a man or a woman. In fact, I think I will share this with my wife and let her do the grilling this year. Way too often last year she had to take over for me because I could only burn or undercook our food; never could get a happy medium. Also, great selection of recipes for inspiration.

  3. Jeanine says

    This is so great! I won’t lie – I haven’t ever grilled myself. My husband usually does it. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m too scared to do it or what but my husband enjoys it. I need to get him to let me to do one time so I can figure it out! Can’t be that hard!

  4. Tammilee Tips says

    I love to grill in the summer!! These are amazing recipes and tips. My husband tends to do to do most the grilling since he enjoys to, but more often lately I have been catching the grilling bug!

  5. Fi Ní Neachtáin says

    These were really great tips to read. I have to admit, I let my other half take over when it comes to the BBQ, not because I don’t know how but because he’s a better cook, I’ll have to change that 😉 You highlighted some great recipes here.

  6. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I am actually terrified of the grill. I don’t know why, but I always leave it up to my hubby. These are all great tips and I will definitely share with my hubby!

  7. Amanda @ Adorkablii says

    Okay, all of this talk of food is making me super hungry. Everything looks amazing and can I say, I love grilled food!Now I am dreaming of a BBQ. Haha But I do agree with everything you have here. Safety is first. Open flames are nothing to joke around with and can cause serious damage. Thank you for sharing your tips as well as the food Ideas. I am not craving some BBQ Chicken. Hahaha

  8. Tami says

    I am fortunate enough to have a guy who enjoys grilling our dinner meats. We should have our kiddos out there teaching them grill safety though. This is a great list to work from.

  9. Shonda says

    Not intimidated by the grill, but it might be a problem with my husband if I attempted to take over summer grilling. Lol. Your list is very handy in case I find myself without my husband around able to grill myself.

    • amandasimkin says

      Oh men and their love for grills….my hubby sure was disappointed when he saw me flipping burgers…ha!

  10. Choya says

    I am totally coming to your house for dinner. I live in Chicago too, and while it is definitely grilling season..I don’t understand why it has been so dang cold. Love the title by the way!

    • amandasimkin says

      Post a picture of yourself grilling to my FB page to win a delish local BBQ sauce. You might have to grill while wearing gloves, though. Brr!

  11. hautefrugalista says

    Such great tips! I love BBQ food and grilled veggies, but I’m too lazy to do it haha I can’t deal w the heat and the standing up, so I let someone else take care of that, but kiddies should really know about safety.
    Dee t

  12. R U S S says

    This is a helpful list that you’ve put together. I love anything grilled ( seafood especially ) and my dad always says that you need the right grilling tools to achieve the perfect grill(s).

    • amandasimkin says

      I love grilled seafood too, but I always use a grill pan since the fish can be so flaky and make a huge mess!

  13. jenn says

    These recipes look amazing! Thanks for the inspiration. I loved your post title. 🙂 I’m the main griller in our house…Hubby isn’t home enough to use it. LOL

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