Grllin’ it! The Best Meats For Grilling


Meat is everyone’s favorite dish. Grilled meat is popular with all age groups. You can serve grilled fish, chicken, meat, and veggies to your patrons. The taste and texture of grilled meat depend on the cut and cooking style. Also, lean meats grill faster than heavy meats. Heavier meats are juicier, and the cooking time is higher than most lean meats. In this article, we discuss the best meats for grilling and the grilling process.

The 5 Best Meats To Grill

Steak, chicken, turkey, pork, and fish are the most popular grilled meats that you can serve. Here, we list the five most important types of meat that are perfect for grilling. 


Beef is one of the best meats for grilling. Ground beef is used to quickly prepare hamburger patties, and you can grill it anywhere. Beefsteak is popular across the world for its texture and taste. You can opt for a rib, brisket, round, or tenderloin steak. You can also try the flat iron steak, skirt steak, hanger steak, and flank steak. 

How To Grill Beef Brisket?

A brisket is a piece of meat cut from the lower chest of beef. Beef brisket resembles a torpedo. The sharper and pointed end of beef brisket is softer than the rest. The pointed end of the brisket has more marbling. Marbling is referred to the white flecks of fat in the steak. The lean muscles in beef create a marbling pattern. Marbling also affects the juiciness, tenderness, flavor, and texture of the meat. 

You can use various seasonings to change the taste of grilled brisket. Brisket is mostly grilled at 180 to 220 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 to 8 hours in a commercial grill. You will need high-quality and reliable commercial grills for grilling a beefsteak. With commercial grills, beef brisket is cooked evenly from all sides.

How To Grill Beef Kebobs?

Beef kebobs or beef kebabs are popular across the world. Kebabs are mostly made from filet mignon and the tenderloin. The meat is cut in cubes of 1 to 2 inches for kebabs. Then you need to marinate them with seasoning and skewer them with vegetables. The taste of beef kebabs depends on the spices and herbs used. Beef kebabs are grilled at 300 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the type of meat, cut, and thickness. 

Remember to preheat the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, you can place the kebabs on the grill. Also, make sure to turn it twice during the grilling process. Once done, you can take it out of the grill and place it on serving trays. You can add salt, pepper, and spices to make your beef kebab more flavorful. 


Like beef, chicken is a good meat to grill. Grilled chicken is a popular dish across the world. Chicken is one of the best meats to grill for a crowd. Chicken is also a versatile meat that you can serve throughout the day. You can grill the whole chicken, or chicken quarters, thighs, breasts, and legs. Most prefer grilled chicken breast and legs. You can serve the grilled chicken with herb and garlic seasoning. Grilled chicken is mostly crispy from the outside and juicy from the inside. You can serve the grilled chicken with any side dish. Additionally, you can serve the grilled chicken with mashed potatoes and boiled veggies. Many dieticians and health experts recommend grilled chicken for its health benefits.

How To Grill Chicken?

You can marinate and prepare the chicken with seasonings. Then, you can place it in the grill. Boneless and skinless chicken breasts can be grilled quickly. You can also grill chicken drumsticks. Chicken drumsticks need to be cooked evenly and thoroughly. Many prefer skinless and boneless chicken thighs. Chicken thighs can be cooked quickly and evenly. Chicken thighs are flavorful and have more fat than chicken breasts.

Grilled lime-cilantro chicken thighs are a perfect dish for any occasion. The chicken is marinated for a few hours before the grilling process begins. You can add cilantro, lime, garlic, honey, salt, and pepper with the chicken before the marination process. You can marinate the chicken for 30 minutes to 2 hours and then grill the chicken for 8 minutes. Serve the grilled chicken with wedges of lime and cilantro. Additionally, you can serve white rice, mashed potatoes, and veggies with grilled chicken.


Turkey is also one of the good meats to grill. Turkey breast cutlets are available in most grocery stores and supermarkets. You can slice thin pieces of turkey that are half-inch thick or one-fourth inch thick. Turkey can be cooked quickly on the grill. Turkey meat has low-fat content, which is excellent for health-conscious people. 

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How To Grill Turkey?

Turkey is dry meat. You need to first marinate the turkey breast for grilling to keep it moist from the inside. Turkey is grilled for 2 to 3 hours at 170 to 190 degrees Fahrenheit. Turkey breast cutlets are perfect for all occasions and events. You can serve grilled orange-marinated turkey breast, a great recipe for summers. 


Pork is another great meat to grill. Pork is lean meat that you can grill quickly. Many prefer pork rib, center-cut chops, and pork chops. Pork chops is the most popular grilled pork meat. Pork chops are popular among millennials. Kids and adults also prefer pork chops during spring. While grilling pork, you can use a dry rub before grilling. Many prefer cinnamon, salt, coffee, and pepper in a pork rub. You can also try pork T-bone, ribeye, and ham steaks. Ham steaks are mostly served with mashed potatoes, fries, and grilled veggies. 

How To Grill Pork?

Grilling pork ribs at low heat and for extended periods is essential. Pork is mostly grilled at 140 to 170 degrees Fahrenheit. Never overcook pork; otherwise, it will become too chewy and tasteless. 

Some Popular Pork Recipes

Grilled ham with pineapple is a perfect dish that can be served with wine and rum. You can serve roast pork belly, which is made with apple-onion sauce and roasted veggies. Pork ribs can be served with lemony milk mushrooms and asparagus. Pork ribs with asparagus can also be infused with mushrooms, garlic, milk, and lemon. Another popular grilled pork dish is Jamaican pork chops. Jamaican pork chops are marinated with thyme, Worcestershire sauce, and maple syrup.  


Meatier fish is ideal for grilling. You can grill tuna, swordfish, and halibut depending on the dish you want to serve. Some prefer flounder, tilapia, and sole. Most grilled fishes are served with lime or lemon. Grilled fish is served with veggies, gravy, mashed potatoes, and salads. Additionally, make sure to store fish at ideal temperatures. You can use commercial refrigerators and freezers to store fish for longer periods. 

How To Grill Fish?

Fish is mostly grilled at 165 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 to 7 minutes. Grilled fish with lemon is prepared with garlic powder, pepper, lemon, canola oil, and chives.

Grilling is a great way to cook various kinds of meat. You can try meats like chicken, steak, pork, fish, and turkey for grilling. Many prefer chicken over other meats because of its leanness. Lean meats contain less fat and can be cooked quickly. Beef steaks are heavier and more flavorful. Choose the best meat for your grilling needs!

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