Grilling 101: All the Grilling Basics You Need to Know for Grilling this Summer


Grilling can be intimidating, but it’s SO much easier than it seems – I promise! PWWB’s Grilling 101 will help you go from newbie to grillmaster in no time! From gas grilling to charcoal grilling, we’ll cover all the grilling basics, giving you ALL of the Grilling 101 tips you need to get started!

Jess of Plays Well with Butter grilling kebabs on a gas grill.

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ICYMI: This post is part of our grilling series, PWWB Let’s Grill, Girls!, a content series dedicated to helping you find the confidence to really own your spot behind the grill this summer. {Learn more about the PWWB Let’s Grill, Girls! series, here or sign up below to get our best grilling tips straight to your inbox}.

From choosing the right equipment, getting your grill ready for the season with a deep clean, how to light your grill (gas & charcoal), and how-to-use direct & indirect heat while grilling for perfectly cooked weeknight meals with that classic grill char. We’ve got you covered.

I truly couldn’t be more excited. Ever since I learned how to grill a few summers back, grilling has become one of my absolute favorite parts of the summer season!

Jess of Plays Well with Butter taking a finished kebab off of a gas grill.

When we first launched Let’s Grill, Girls!, I asked the PWWB community over on Instagram whether or not you like to grill. Many of you said you love grilled food but you don’t feel super confident when it comes to doing the grilling yourselves. You still need some help with the grilling basics…

  • “I need help with lighting the grill without burning my eyebrows off!”
  • “Show us your entire grilling process, because I am intimidated!”
  • “Can you show us how to grill meat? how do you not turn a steak into a car tire?!”
  • “How do you grill veggies without burning them to a crisp?!”
  • “I don’t get the temperatures…like, it’s fire. it’s hot right?! haha…clearly my BF grills for me…”

Sound familiar? Good. You’re in the right place.

Let’s Grill, Girls! – Gas & Charcoal Grilling Tips + Delicious Recipes all Summer Long!

To kick off Let’s Grill, Girls!, we’ve created a series of posts that cover all of our very best Grilling 101 tips!

This post is the jumping-off point to all the grilling basics you’ll need. Think of it as the Modern Gal’s Guide to…

Click on through to check out each of the posts! When you head out to your grill this summer, be sure to snap a selfie with your grill or take a quick pic of your grilled masterpieces & share them with me by tagging @playswellwithbutter.

Jess of Plays Well with Butter smiling and eating a grilled kebab.

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& lastly! Be sure to give @playswellwithbutter a follow on Instagram – I’ll be teaching you how to grill up some goodness all summer long, & we have so much fun on Instagram!

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Still have Grilling 101 questions? Comments? Recipe requests? Drop them in a comment below. I’m here to help you!! xx

Hi there, I'm Jess!

If there’s 1 thing to know about me, it’s this: I am head-over-heels in love with food. I’m on a mission to make weeknight cooking flavorful, fast, & fun for other foodies, & PWWB is where I share foolproof recipes that deliver major flavor with minimal effort. Other true loves: pretty shoes, puppies, Grey’s Anatomy, & my cozy kitchen in Minneapolis, MN.


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