One of the best parts of being a homeowner is having friends over for a barbecue during the summer months. If you aren’t a seasoned griller, the thought of cooking a meal over open flames can be pretty intimidating, but grilling doesn’t have to be super complicated! As with any skill you’re trying to master, when you start grilling, it’s best to start with something easy so you can get used to the cooking method that you need to use on the grill.

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Three Skills to Master

Here are some beginner’s tips from The Kitchn to help you get started:

  1. Let the grill preheat for about 10-minutes
  2. Know your heat zones
  3. Know when to close the lid and when to utilize the top rack (if you have one)

Once you practice these three skills, you will be more than ready to tackle your first grilled meal!

Grill a Classic German Meal

Now that you have the basics to grilling down, you’re ready to get cooking with fire. Inspired by our German New Ulm community, here is a great recipe to make at your next barbecue.

Grilled Bratwurst with Sauerkraut & Potato Salad

Buy fresh bratwurst for your party and light half your grill to maintain a large section of indirect heat. Place your brats on the indirect heat side until their temperature reaches 150 degrees, then move them over the direct heat to get that delicious charring from the flames for 1-2 minutes.

For the sauerkraut, put it in a pack made of foil and place it on the top shelf of the grill so it can heat up while the brats are cooking.

Now onto the Grilled German Potato Salad. This recipe from is a truly delicious crown pleaser. You start by boiling your potatoes, then placing them and all other ingredients into a foil pack and cooking for about 20 minutes. You can throw this onto the direct heat right when you get the brats going on the other side of the grill and then switch them when the brats are ready to get charred.


We hope you love this classic German feast and truly master your grilling skills this summer.