With the warmer weather ramping up, it’s time to pull out your outdoor grill and enjoy cooking meat and vegetables again. However, every barbecue, especially a gas one, has its idiosyncrasies, and you might find that your meat doesn’t always cook evenly. Sometimes there are hot spots on the grill that char too quickly, while others places aren’t cooked quite enough. So, what can you do to make sure you’re placing your meat somewhere that allows it to cook uniformly? You should try sticking some bread on that grill.
This trick from Sam Bithoney takes only 90 seconds, sets you up for great grilling all summer, and involves a kitchen staple: A loaf of sliced white bread. Before you start BBQing this season (if you already have, that is okay, too), preheat your grill for 15 to 20 minutes on a high setting before turning it down to medium and letting the temperature adjust for a few minutes. From there, take your loaf of bread and place the individual slices across the grill so they take up the entire surface. Set a timer to 90 seconds, then flip your pieces over. What you’ll most likely have are very different sets of grill marks and browning on individual slices — sections that are much hotter will have more charred bread than others.
Now that you now where the hottest and coolest parts of your grill are, you can plan where to place each type of food — especially meat — accordingly. For example, thicker cuts of meat like steak can go to the hotter sections, while you can toast rolls or grill veggies on parts that don’t get as hot.
And what should you do with all of that toasted bread? Don’t throw it out! Throw some chicken or other meat on your grill and use it for sandwiches, or turn it into croutons for a side salad. And now that we’re all getting vaccinated, you can invite a few people over to celebrate!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, First For Women.