The Ultimate Guide to Barbecue Grilling: Techniques, Tips, and Tricks

Grilling is an art form that has been enjoyed for generations. Whether it’s a backyard barbecue with friends and family or professional competition, grilling is a beloved activity for people all over the world. At Sunstone, we’re dedicated to helping you become a master griller. In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about barbecue grilling, including techniques, tips, and tricks to make your grilling experience unforgettable.

Understanding the Different Types of Barbecue Grills

One of the first things you need to know about grilling is the different types of grills available. There are several different types of grills, including charcoal grills, gas grills, electric grills, and smoker grills.

Charcoal grills are the traditional type of grills and are often favored for their flavor. The typical industry Charcoal grilling can be messy and time-consuming, but many people believe that the flavor it produces is well worth it. Investing into one of Sunstone Gas Charcoal Hybrid grills will solve this with our built-in Ash Drawer which you can pull out and simply Dump the Ash. See our complete Hybrid Grill Collection Here

Gas grills are convenient and easy to use. They heat up quickly and offer precise temperature control, making them a popular choice for backyard barbecues. With Sunstone – Ruby Series Pro Sear Grills we have you covered and with multiple upgrade inserts like the Griddle, Charcoal Tray, Deep Fryer, and more, you have a grillers dream bbq.

Electric grills are great for apartment dwellers and people who live in areas with strict fire codes. They’re also ideal for indoor grilling and can produce delicious results. The best and most popular of these is a Pellet Grill since you can use real Wood to Smoke, Grill, and Sear your way to the best outdoor grilling experience ever, and without the need for gas. See our 40″ Electric Pellet Grill Here

Choosing the Right Equipment

Once you’ve chosen your grill, you’ll need to make sure you have the right equipment. The equipment you need will depend on the type of grill you have and the type of food you’re grilling. Some of the essential grilling equipment includes tongs, a spatula, a meat thermometer, a grill brush, and a cover for your grill.

Preparing the Grill

Once you have the right equipment, it’s time to prepare your grill. If you’re using a charcoal grill, you’ll need to light the charcoal and allow it to burn down until it’s covered with gray ash. If you’re using a gas grill, you’ll need to make sure the propane tank is full and turn on the gas.

Once your grill is heated, it’s time to clean the grates. Use a grill brush to remove any food particles that may have accumulated on the grates. This will help prevent food from sticking to the grates and ensure that your food cooks evenly.

Grilling Techniques

There are several different grilling techniques you can use to create delicious food. Some of the most popular techniques include direct grilling, indirect grilling, and rotisserie grilling.

Direct grilling involves cooking food directly over the heat source. This method is best for thin cuts of meat and vegetables that cook quickly.

Indirect grilling involves cooking food away from the heat source. This method is best for thicker cuts of meat and dishes that require longer cooking times.

Rotisserie grilling involves cooking food on a spit that rotates over the heat source. This method is best for large cuts of meat, such as whole chickens or turkeys.

Temperature Control

Temperature control is one of the most important aspects of grilling. To ensure that your food is cooked to perfection, it’s important to monitor the temperature of your grill. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your food.

Marinating Your Meat

Marinating your meat before grilling to add flavor and tenderize it. There are many different marinades you can use, including fruit-based marinades, herb-based marinades, and vinegar-based marinades. Experiment with different marinades to find your favorite.

Grilling Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips and tricks to help you become a grilling master:

  • Make sure your grill is hot before you start cooking.
  • Let your meat rest before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.
  • Avoid constantly flipping your food, as this can cause it to dry out.
  • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your food to ensure that it’s cooked to your liking.


Grilling is an enjoyable and delicious activity that can be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you’re new to grilling or an experienced pro, this guide will help you become a master griller. So fire up the grill, invite some friends and family over, and enjoy the art of barbecue grilling!

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