Summertime cookouts offer fun with family and friends, but grilling out is out of the question for many renters. Property regulations may not permit outdoor grilling where you live, but you can still enjoy the flavor of the grill.
Whether you rent or own your home, there are times it's not practical to cook out. Maybe you've planned a cookout and the rain won't let up or maybe you feel the need for a summertime barbecue fix in the middle of the winter.
With the summer grilliing season in full swing, Rent.com surveyed its renters to find out their biggest grilling pet peeves. The bottom line is that fire codes and small spaces don’t mix well with grilled burgers.
More than half of Rent.com renters, a total of 56 percent, can't grill this summer due to their property regulations. Thankfully, 79 percent are smart enough to follow the rules and choose not go behind their landlord’s back.
Sixty percent of respondents stated they are not allowed to have a barbecue grill at their property location and more than a quarter of surveyed renters said they don’t have a common area for grilling.
For renters that do have access to a common grilling area, their biggest pet peeve was other residents not properly cleaning the barbecue grill after use.
If you can't grill outdoors this summer, consider moving your grilling operation indoors. More than a quarter of renters surveyed are open-minded about indoor grilling and would consider it as an option to beat barbecue envy.
To help ease renter’s grilling woes, Rent.com teamed up with Sephi Coyle, director of culinary programs at Sur La Table, to provide indoor grilling tips for renters so they can still enjoy delicious barbecued food, even without an outdoor drill.
The top tip for indoor grilling is to invest in a good cast-iron grill pan so you can achieve a consistent high heat. You’ll be able to get decent grill marks and your food will cook quickly and efficiently.
Don’t be afraid to use your oven. In grilling, underdone is preferable to overcooked, and you can always put finish your food in the oven if it isn’t quite ready to be eaten.
Flavor, flavor, flavor. To get the best-tasting food, add flavor before, during and after grilling. You can marinate food before grilling and then baste food items with a grill brush while cooking. After grilling, serve your food with sauces such as pesto, salsa verde or barbecue sauce to take your palette to the next level.
When choosing oil for your grill, canola or vegetable oils are preferred. These neutral oils do not add flavor and have a high smoking point, which achieves a better sear.
Just like grilling outdoors, you will still need the basic tools to cook properly indoors. Invest in tongs, a spatula and silicone pastry brushes. Grill food for half the cooking time on one side, allowing for food searing and grill marks. Turn once and finish cooking.
An instant read thermometer can be used to test the doneness of foods on the grill. The thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the meat or poultry.
Even if your grilling has to move indoors, you can still enjoy the taste and feel of a cookout. Gather outdoors on your patio or a common area to eat. Spread a blanket or gather chairs around the table. Set a picnic mood by adding your favorite side dishes and summertime desserts.
Summertime is for grilling, but enjoy your favorite grilled recipes all year long. Indoors or outdoors, summer or winter, you can enjoy all of the flavor you love as you make memories with family and friends.