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The Ultimate Grilling Guide for Different Meat Types

May 25, 2020 4 min read

This is an in-depth guide on how to cook different types of meat properly. You can think of as a quick complete grilling guide rather than showing you how to grill a steak only. Of course, we also have in-depth grilling recipes for different meats.

No matter what meat you grill, we always recommend you use a wireless meat thermometer to achieve meat perfection every time and to not disappoint your family and friends again!

Grilling Tips for Chicken

Chickenbreast on a grill lightly brown with a crust

Different chicken cuts need different temperatures to cook perfectly. Another factor to consider is whether the chicken cut you are going to cook is a boneless or bone-in piece.

For boneless chicken breast, 4-5 min on direct heat & on each side is enough. Though the bone-in chicken breast needs to be cooked over indirect heat, so it’ll take between 40-50 min until it’s perfectly cooked. Once the temperature hits 165ºF/73ºC, you can remove the chicken from the grill and enjoy a delicious piece of grilled chicken.

Don’t let your chicken dry out due to overcooking. This is why we insist on using a meat thermometer, so there are no risks. Our App will monitor the temps and will tell you when the chicken reaches the target temperature. Even if the chicken’s inside a covered grill.

As for chicken wings, because they have bones, they should be cooked for 20-30 min over indirect heat. The target temperature for wings is 175ºF/79ºC.

Lastly, when it comes to chicken thighs and drumsticks, grill them for 40-50 min on indirect heat. Their target temperature should be similar to the chicken wing’s target temp.

Grilling Tips for Steak

Now let us briefly tell you how to grill steak correctly in order to obtain a mouthwatering result. Before you start to cook your steak, you have to decide whether you want your steak to be rare, medium, medium-rare, medium-well or well-done.

If you are not sure about the degrees of doneness, you can refer to this article.

When it comes to grilling your steak, firstly cook it for 4-5 min each side, and then continue to grill until what temperature you want: 

  • For Medium-rare (135ºF/57ºC), you need to grill 3-5 min more. 
  • ForMedium (140ºF/60ºC), you need to grill 5-7 min more. 
  • For Medium-well (150ºF/65ºC), you need to grill 8-10 min more. 

Of course, you’d better use a wireless meat thermometer like The MeatStick that has an intuitive mobile app that guides through each degree of doneness and notifies you once it hits the target temperature. So, why guess when you can know exactly when it is done.

3 Steaks on a grill

Grilling Tips for Salmon

Are you looking for a healthy option to grill? Then, you should definitely cook fish. We are going to share our suggestions for grilling salmon, however, if you wish to cook your salmon in your oven we also have an awesome recipe about how to roast a salmon.

When you grill fish, make sure to season it first. Also, if you don’t want your fish to fall apart, you need to cook it on a wooden plank rather than putting it directly over a grate. 

As for salmon fillets, it takes about 10-15min for it to be done.

Grilling Tips for Pork Chops

We have a detailed recipe for easy and fast grilled pork chops in our recipe list and also has a video that shows how to do it with the help of The MeatStick to ensure that your pork chops will be perfectly cooked. We even have a recipe for how to grill teriyaki pork chops.

Grilling Tips for Ribs

Ribs are considered one of the essential meats in BBQ. It is extremely important to grill ribs at the right temperature to prevent overcooking or undercooking. The target temperature is 190ºF/87ºC.

You should also consider what type of ribs you want to buy. There are baby back ribs, spareribs, and St. Louis-style ribs. Baby back ribs are the most common. Baby back ribs take around 1.5 - 2 hours to cook by turning each side every 30 min.

Grilling Tips for Burgers

If you love burgers, you can grill beef burger patties. It’s easy to cook them to perfection. Grill burger patties for 5-7 min per side over medium heat. The target temperature is 160ºF/71ºC. If you need more info regarding how to make burger patties, you can refer to this article.

Grilling Tips for Lamb Chops

Grilling lamb chops is one of the great things to do when you want to maximize your BBQ joy. They’re very flavourful but also easy to cook.

The target temperature also depends on at what level you want them, just like for steaks.

In terms of how long you should be grilling lamb chops, it depends on the thickness of the chops. For example, if it’s 1-inch thick, you can grill each side around 3-4 min. For a detailed lamb chop recipe, you can refer to this recipe.


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