Let’s face it, grilling is an art form. It takes the right amount of know-how and lovin’ to get the perfect cook on your meats. Whether you’re a grilling novice or a master of the barbecue, we’ve got the ideal hack to help take your food to the next level – honey. Honey can help improve everything from the juiciness of your meats to the crispness of your veggies. Get ready to kick your barbecue into high gear with these four useful tips that will make honey as crucial to your grilling routine as tongs and matches.
Honey Retains Moisture in Meats
When you incorporate honey into marinades and brines, your meat can keep its moisture more effectively due to honey’s hygroscopic nature (the ability of a substance to attract and hold water). For ways to keep your chicken and burgers juicy, try any one of our five honey-sweetened marinades at your next barbecue.
Honey Prolongs Marinade Shelf Life
Well-known for its preservative qualities, honey can help marinades last longer while adding the perfect amount of sweetness. Simply add 1/4 cup honey to your favorite mixture!
Honey Enhances Browning and Crisping
If you like your food to have a little crunch when it comes off the grill, try glazing it first with honey. It’s the perfect way to add texture, color and, of course, flavor to popular dishes like pork, chicken, vegetables and even fruits. You’ll love the crispness and color that honey adds to our grilled Honey Mustard-Glazed Pork Tenderloin!
Honey Is a Healthier Alternative to Sugar
Compared to granulated or brown sugar, honey is often considered a healthier option. Not only does honey contain many of the essential vitamins and nutrients that the body requires, but it’s also easier for our bodies to digest. In recipes, simply substitute honey – cup for cup – in place of sugar. As a rule, reduce other liquids by 1/4 cup for every cup of honey used.