6 Summer Barbecue Hacks You Need To Know ASAP

Don't you dare put those tongs away just yet — barbecue season is far from over. There is still plenty of time to enjoy your favorite burgers, hot dogs, and more on the grill, and these summer barbecue hacks compiled by Spoon University will help you make the most out of these final few weeks of backyard BBQs. From tips to helping you keep your meat from drying out over the flames to hacks that will make sure your drinks stay as cold as possible for the entire evening, here is everything you need to plan one final cookout for the record books. After all, you want to spend more time actually enjoying your food and friends than standing at the grill cooking, and these tricks are here to help you minimize your time flipping burgers so you can join in on the fun as soon as humanly possible... all while still making sure there is delicious food for everyone to enjoy. Enjoy your new status as grill master — you earned it.

As a college student, chances are you're a newbie at grilling and cooking summer foods in general. Take these awesome BBQ hacks, and keep them in your pocket for when you need them. We're sure everyone at your BBQ will be impressed.

1. Spray meat with apple juice

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Keep a spray bottle nearby full of apple juice for when you start grilling. Prevent your meat (especially pork) from drying out by spritzing apple juice on it throughout the cooking process.

2. Use a jar to coat meat with BBQ rub

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Making sure the rub gets on all of the meat can be tricky and a little messy for us so-called "adults." Make life a little easier by placing the piece of meat in a lidded jar (along with the BBQ rub) and give it a good shake — that way you don't miss any spots.

3. Get instant cold beer + drinks

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A party isn't a party if the drinks aren't cold. Make sure that never happens by filling your sink with ice and salt. Once you put the drinks in, they'll be cold in no time.

4. Use chopsticks instead of tongs

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This can be a tough one for people who aren't good at using chopsticks. But if you've mastered the art (and don't have tongs), don't be afraid to flip your food with chopsticks. They're stronger than you think.

5. Spiral cut hot dogs

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Sure, this is a classic grilling hack, but it's so simple and so useful. By cutting your hot dogs into spirals, you not only cut down on the cooking time but also are giving way for more condiments.

6. Use muffin tins for condiments

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Who wants to spend an hour in the kitchen doing dishes after a BBQ? Cut down on the amount of tableware by putting small amounts of condiments in a muffin tin. You may have to refill them once of twice, but it's better than being stuck in front of the sink afterwards.

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This article was originally by Alexis Aumiller for Spoon University.