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14 Barbecue Hacks You Need To Know This Summer… #9 Is Too Perfect!

by Anna Halkidis
Anna is a native New Yorker who loves concerts, travel, good coffee, and her Jack Russell terrier, Charlie. She’s a multimedia journalist who earned her master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Her true passion for telling stories keeps her inspired.

Other than catching some waves on the beach, almost nothing screams summertime more than a good ole barbecue.

The great weather is the best time to invite friends over, turn up some good music, and feast on delicious food like salmon bacon bites or a classic, juicy steak. If you have a swimming pool, that makes the party even better.

But, the truth is, barbecues can sometimes be a lot of work. It’s fairly easy to get food stuck on the grill, to make the hamburgers too dry, and even make a big mess with all the condiments and bags of chips. And let’s not even mention the bottle opener that somehow always seems to go missing.

Mini tragedies like the ones mentioned are never fun. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 14 incredible barbecue hacks that will prevent any of these things from happening and make your life so much easier.

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1. Use an egg carton to light coals

1. Use an egg carton to light coals

As explained by Karen Way on the blog Sew Many Ways, this is an easy way to start a fire. It’s perfect for roasting hot dogs or marshmallows. Just make sure it’s not a styrofoam egg carton!

2. Use an onion to clean your barbecue

2. Use an onion to clean your barbecue

Onions are a natural disinfectant. So, if you don’t have a special brush to clean your grill, cut an onion in half and rub it on the surface of the plates.

3. Give your ice cooler a facelift!

3. Give your ice cooler a facelift!

An ice cooler is a must-have for any barbecue. You can get creative and enhance it like the one above. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial!

4. Use double skewers

4. Use double skewers

These keep foods extra secure, which is especially handy when you’re making kebabs. 

5. Grill fish on lemons

5. Grill fish on lemons

Placing lemons under a piece of fish on a grill will prevent it from sticking. It’s also delicious!

6. Turn your grill into a pizza oven

6. Turn your grill into a pizza oven

There’s nothing like the taste of brick oven pizza. Jeff Parker, the culinary director of Bull Outdoor Products, explains that you can make pizza on your grill by preheating a pizza stone for 30 minutes with indirect high heat. The stone must be very hot!

7. Spiral-cut your hot dogs

7. Spiral-cut your hot dogs

This little trick is very easy to do and it makes the hot dogs nice and crispy. It also allows the condiments to seep right in. Watch how to do it here.

I can’t believe I never thought of #9 on the NEXT page!