5 Common Grilling Mistakes that Make Your BBQ Taste Bad

There are plenty of things to consider and many common mistakes to avoid to achieve a perfectly grilled BBQ. 

As a BBQ insider, it’s important to learn what these grilling mistakes are and how to avoid them.  

This way, you’ll be on the right path to becoming a grilling professional in no time! 

So, before any further, let’s jump right into the content for which you came.

 In this short BBQ guide, you’ll find 5 of the most common grilling mistakes that beginners should avoid at all costs to make their BBQ smell good and taste good.

  1. Using Poor Tools 

One of the most common misunderstandings about grilling is that you need fancy, expensive tools, and equipment to achieve pleasant and perfectly cooked grilled dishes.  

Because of this, many grillers make the blunder of using either unnecessary or poor tools.  

The truth is that you just need a few modest yet reliable tools to get the work completed like a durable pair of tongs, a spatula, heat-resistant gloves, a food thermometer, and some clean towels.  

Always opt for the long-handled variety of tongs and spatula for arm and hand protection. 

  1. No Preparation Time 

Did you know that the number 1 rule of any good cook is the establishment?

This means that everything should be prepared accordingly even before the cooking process begins.  

The same goes for grilling. Many grillers make the mistake of prepping other ingredients while there’s food on the grill which results in burnt or unevenly cooked dishes.  

All your ingredients must be ready once you light up your grill, the meat should be thawed and marinated, fruits and vegetables should be chopped, sliced, or peeled and sauces should be mixed. 

  1. Not Using a Food Thermometer 

One of the most common grilling blunder is forgetting the food thermometer which often leads to either an overcooked or undercooked grilled dish.  

You don’t want to be raw or burnt food to your guests or even for yourself, so be sure to invest in a good thermometer for easier reading of food internal temperatures.  

I recommend using a wireless meat thermometer as it’s very important, not for only grilling but the whole kitchen.

 If you don’t know how to use a wireless meat thermometer, please read my in-depth article here and using it will become your second nature to prepare well-cooked food every time you cook.

 And later, once you get the hang of grilling, you’ll know when the food is ready just by looking at it.  

 In the meantime, get yourself a great quality food thermometer. 

  1. Using Too Much Sauce Too Soon 

A lot of grillers make the mistake of slathering the meat with sauce while it’s cooking on the grill.  

Most glazes, marinades, and sauces contain sugar which burns easily and because of this, your steak will be burnt on the outside but still raw on the inside. 

If you want your food to cook evenly, add just the right amount of sauce towards the end of the grilling process, about 10 minutes before your food is ready. 

  1. Keeping a Dirty Grill 

Keeping the grill dirty is probably the most common grilling mistake.  

Not brushing your grill regularly is not only unhygienic but also increases the risk of health hazards. 

Grease forms up easily in your grill just after a few uses which is the number one cause of flare-ups.  

Food will also stick easier to dirty grills which could result in uneven cooking. 

Brush your grill after every use if you can to avoid hazards.

Avoid these common grilling mistakes as early as now for a better grilling experience and delicious, perfectly cooked grilled dishes. 


In this short BBQ guide, we covered 5 of the most common grilling mistakes which make your BBQ taste bad along with how to avoid it to prepare well-cooked meat every time you cook.

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