Grilling in the yard is a great way to spend time with family and friends. But… careful not to let your budget go up in smoke! Here are some tips to save during grilling season.
Buy inexpensive meat You can save by purchasing proteins that are equally flavorful but more affordable, less expensive chicken thighs and substitute blue fish or mackerel.
Cook enough for leftovers Cooking enough food for two days at the same time can help cut the cost of charcoal or propane. To reheat sprinkle water or barbecue sauce on the leftovers, wrap in foil and place over indirect heat for about five minutes.
Make your own rubs and sauces Find the ingredients for rubs and sauces online. Rubs are mixtures of spices and herbs and can be easily made by mixing the ingredients with your fingers. Sauces are mostly made of tomato sauce or ketchup and other ingredients.
Ease up on the fuel With just three pounds of charcoal you can cook enough food for four to six people, and turn propane to a low setting about five minutes after placing food on the grill to reduce fuel consumption.
Find a good deal on a grill Buy a high quality grill that can last. Select a robust construction and choose the right size for you, and, as always, shop around and find promotional sales, discounts and/or coupons.
About the Author: John McMalcolm is a freelance writer who writes on a wide range of subjects, from money-saving tips to biographies of famous entrepreneurs, such as Richard Branson, Mark Cuban and Steve Wynn.