Pro Tip for Grilling: Rough Up Yer Meat

Pro Tip for Grilling: Rough Up Yer Meat

Dana Velden
Jun 14, 2012

As we wrote about yesterday, last Sunday on The Splendid Table, chef Adam Perry Lang spoke with Lynne Rossetto Kasper about his new grilling cookbook, Charred & Scruffed. During the segment, he shared a few of his trademark grilling tips, like constant flipping. But he also talked about how deliberately roughing up the surface of meat adds more flavor. It's an unusual technique, but since this is Grilling Week, we're open to new ideas!

According to Lang, when you deliberately rough up and tear the meat, you create more surface area for the Maillard reaction to take place. He learned this method from his friend Jaime Oliver (who uses it on potatoes) but it also has roots in watching his grandmother brown the meat for her pot roasts. He describes how she would jam a fork in the nearly burned meat and rip it away from the pan, leaving bits of torn meat behind. It's those torn bits that brown up and caramelize, creating a delicious, savory flavor.

As someone who was taught to be very careful never to break the crust that forms when browning meat, hearing this was an eyebrow raising moment. Lang also recommends over-seasoning meat as most of the seasoning will be lost on the grill.

Read More: Get the recipe for Lang's Rib Roast Done Like a Steak from Charred & Scruffed as well as more information on the book.

Related: Grill Master Guide: 15 Tips for Grilling Greatness

(Image: Adam Perry Lang)

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