Grilling Tip

Keep the lid on while you grill. Your meat will cook more quickly and evenly.

When it comes to grilling (and wine), we don't like a lot of fuss. But, we admit there are a few essential tools that make grilling a lot easier:

You'll need a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your meat. Get an instant-read model and place it 2 to 2 ½ inches deep in the thickest part of the food. Here's a hot tip (literally): Remove the meat from the grill when it's 5-10 degrees away from what you ultimately want; it will continue to cook as it rests.

Invest in a grill brush with a long handle for mopping on marinades and sauces without burning your hand. Same goes for tongs and spatulas, the best tools for turning your meat and taking it off the grill once it's done.

A grill screen will come in handy for smaller bites of meat or fish (think shrimp) that would otherwise fall through the slats. Brush the screen with oil to keep your masterpiece from sticking. When it comes to larger cuts of fish, a grill basket works wonders.

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