Tips for hosting end-of-summer barbeques

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 Celebrity Chef Michael Symon offers tips for stress-free summer hosting and barbequing.
Celebrity Chef Michael Symon offers tips for stress-free summer hosting and barbequing.

Tips for hosting end-of-summer barbeques

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published: September 18, 2014

There’s something great about inviting company over, firing up the grill, sitting back and eating a juicy burger. Celebrity chef Michael Symon from the Food Network and ABC’s “The Chew,” is partnering with Bank of America to share tips for stress-free barbequing.

Nearly six out of 10 Americans plan to grill more than 15 times this summer, according to a survey conducted by Bank of America. A large majority – 90 percent – equate barbequing with entertaining.

“Hosting a barbeque shouldn’t be stressful. The more you can prepare before guests arrive, the more you can enjoy your party,” says Symon.

For instance, Symon advises pre-mixing a batch of your favorite cocktail so guests can serve themselves and you can focus on grilling. He also encourages hosts to make their budgets go further on groceries.

“You can get rewarded for the purchases you make most by using a credit card like the BankAmericard Cash Rewards Credit Card. Customers earn two percent back on grocery store purchases for barbeques,” says Symon.

To show Chef Symon your summer BBQ creations, use the hashtag #123BBQ on social media for a chance to see your photo on www.seriouseats.com/123bbq.

Don’t miss the party. Make barbeques more fun with some simple planning.

Beef Cuts Suitable for Grilling

Chuck Eye Steak
Shoulder Steak
Rib eye Steak
T-Bone Steak
Ground Beef Patties
Top Round Steak (marinated)
Sirloin/Beef Kabobs
Tenderloin Steak
Top Loin Steak
Top Sirloin Steak
Flank Steak (marinated)

Steak Cooking Guide

Rare:

1" thick
1st Side - 2 min
2nd Side - 3 min

1 1/2" thick
1st Side - 5 min
2nd Side - 6 min

2" thick
1st Side - 7 min
2nd Side - 8 min

Medium:

1" thick
1st Side - 4 min
2nd Side - 4 min

1 1/2" thick
1st Side - 7 min
2nd Side - 8 min

2" thick
1st Side - 9 min
2nd Side - 10 min

Well-Done:

1" thick
1st Side - 5 min
2nd Side - 6 min

1 1/2" thick
1st Side - 9 min
2nd Side - 10 min

2" thick
1st Side - 10 min
2nd Side - 11 min


 

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