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Make the Most of Summer's End With Our Grilling Tips & #GrillingGiveaway!

Make the Most of Summer's End With Our Grilling Tips & #GrillingGiveaway!

Summer is not over yet! Celebrate the last few days of the season by grilling your favorite meal at a Labor Day BBQ, family get-together or tailgating event. Read on for our 5 favorite tips to make the day sizzle.

Plus, enter our #GrillingGiveaway for the chance to win your choice of either a new portable grill or a $125 gift card to Omaha Steaks!

No Need for High-Tech Tools

It happens to all of us. You are ready to put your dinner on the grill when you realize you forgot to wash the grill brush and now everything is a sticky mess! Don't worry, you have two options. Either crumble up tin foil into a loose ball or cut an onion in half. Once the grill is warm, grab either the foil boil or the onion with your tongs and then brush away!

Flavor is Key

Whatever you are cooking, don't forget to marinade in advance. According to Jamie Purviance, grilling pro and author of Weber's Way to Grill: The Step-by-Step Guide to Expert Grilling, make sure your marinade has the right proportion of ingredients. "That means a little acid, like lemon juice, vinegar, or mango chutney, a little oil, and a whole bunch of good flavors. I usually start with a 1:3 ratio of acidity to oil, just like in salad dressings. The acidity tenderizes the food and contributes tanginess, while the oil provides moisture and richness."

Poke and Ice Your Burger

Have you ever put your raw burger on the grill, only to come back and it has become more baseball-shaped than burger patty? To avoid this newbie mistake, use your thumb (or the back of a spoon) to push a slight indent in the center of the burger before it is cooked. This will prevent it from puffing up. Chef Graham Elliot takes it one step further. He recommends putting an ice cube into the center of the burger to keep it moist.

Make Serving Low Mess

Use a muffin tin for toppings and condiments. According to Food Hacks Daily, you can avoid using multiple bowls by separating out your tomatoes, pickles and ketchup. Not only does it look super cute, but it will make sure the wind doesn't blow your bowl of onions into the air!

Don't Forget Dessert

Want delicious s'mores without having to sleep outside? No problem - you can cook them on the grill! Just make a graham-cracker-marshmellow-chocolate sandwich and wrap it in tin foil. Put your package on the grill over medium heat for around five minutes. Open your present slowly, and enjoy! For a fun addition, put toppings into the s'mores before grilling, such as peanut butter chips, sprinkles or berries. And to really change it up, slice open a banana the long way. Take out the banana and then fill the peel with mini-marshmallows, chocolate chips, graham cracker crumbs, chunks of fruit, or any other deliciousness you can think of. Wrap that up in the tin foil and throw it on the grill. Yum... a perfect way to end a summer celebration!

Will you be grilling this Labor Day weekend, or are you getting ready for tailgaiting season? What grilling tips or recipes will you be using? Tell us and you could win your choice of either a portable grill or a $125 gift card to Omaha Steaks!

There are two ways to enter:

Simply comment below and tell us your favorite grilling tip or recipe.

AND/OR

Tweet about the giveaway!

Click here to Tweet: "I entered the @SheSpeaksUp #GrillingGiveaway to win a new grill or gift card! bit.ly/2bjaQi7

*One lucky commenter or Tweeter will be chosen at random to receive their choice of either the Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE in red (valued at $127.99) or a $125 gift card to Omaha Steaks. Giveaway is open through September 5th, 2016 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

Update: Thanks to all for entering! Congratulations to our winner: SheSpeaks member Lexiquin.

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  • Lindsey023 By Lindsey023
    08.24.16  

    Sweet giveaway love it

  • jerseygirl1 By jerseygirl1
    08.24.16  

    I love making pizza on the grill. I just buy pre-made dough, flatten it out and put it on a greased grill. After I flip it, I put on sauce, cheese and toppings. The dough tastes so delicious this way.

  • Katypugz By Katypugz
    08.24.16  

    Nice giveaway fingers crossed I will win

  • Beccaxoxo By Beccaxoxo
    08.24.16  

    I put corn on the grill, tastes delicious!!!

  • asaywhat By asaywhat
    08.24.16  

    I hope I win I've been wanting a portable grill!

  • hmculver87 By hmculver87
    08.24.16  

    My favorite grilling recipe is to peel and cut up potatoes, cut up an onion and place both in tin foil, cut up 1 stick of butter and place around potatoes and onions, season with seasoning salt. Close tin foil and grill for 30 min. So amazing, there are never left overs.

  • browneyes78 By browneyes78
    08.24.16  

    Luv these tips, a cpl I know, a cpl I will try. Marinating and seasoning are so important. And don't forget to let meat rest once you take it off the grill.

  • raqueta By raqueta
    08.24.16  

    I love to grill using foil when it comes to delicate meats, I love to smoke my ribs before adding them to the grill, it really gives good flavor and falls off the bone. No chewy ribs/rib tips for us

  • hmculver87 By hmculver87
    08.24.16  

    My favorite grilling recipe is to peel and cut up potatoes, cut up an onion and place both in tin foil, cut up 1 stick of butter and place around potatoes and onions, season with seasoning salt. Close tin foil and grill for 30 min. So amazing, there are never left overs.

  • AngelaNicole By AngelaNicole
    08.24.16  

    I already do the thumb in the middle of the burger tip. I definetly will try the ice cube in the center on the burger tip when we grill this labor day weekend. Oh and the onion to clean the grill....REALLY need to give this a try. Thank you for the chance!!

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