by Mike Thayer
Even if you aren't an experienced griller, there's no excuse for food that's underseasoned. That's why I'm starting off this chapter with what to stock in your pantry. You might wonder what a pantry has to do with grilling..... FLAVOR! Remember, we're talking creating layers of flavor, cooking over a fire is one layer, a type of wood is another layer, and sauces, marinades and seasonings enhance and add to those great grilled layers! With a well stocked pantry, you can create virtually any kind of sauce, marinade or dry rub you can think of.
The whole key here is to stock a grill pantry and fridge/freezer with items you really like. Don't buy things that are "good for you" or items that are "OK" but you really don't eat that often. If you're not a cayenne pepper kind of person, there's no sense in having a lot of that in your pantry, buy a larger amount of something you really like instead. When it comes to dried herbs and spices, they can get pricey, so don't buy a large variety just because it might impress somebody or you think you'll try it..... but it just ends up getting old. Buy what you know you like and if you want to experiment, great, but go small.
A pantry set up for the grill
Basics for the Grill Pantry ~ Items you need for just about whatever you're grilling or smoking