Summer Grilling Tips + Red Lobster Gift Card Giveaway

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Summertime Grilling
Summer is here and that means a lot of exciting things for our family. It means that the kids are out of school, lots of family time, soaking in the sun and grilling in the evenings. We actually bought our first grill this year and have already really enjoyed it. There’s something to be said about the taste of food cooked on the grill. It’s absolutely incredible and a taste that I never get tired of. I’m no expert when it comes to grilling, but I’m all about learning and getting more tips on how to become better. If you are new to grilling or are wanting to improve your skills, the chefs and grilling masters at Red Lobster have some great tips and secrets to grilling fish, chicken and steak.

Red Lobster Grilling Secrets


Chef Michael LaDuke, Senior Director of the Culinary Department at Red Lobster offers these 7 tips when it comes to grilling perfection:

1. Clean Reigns Supreme. Whether grilling fish, steak or chicken, a clean grill is a must. Start by scraping the grill with a wire-bristled brush to remove any remnants from previous grilling. Then, using a non-aerosol product such as a towel, coat the grill grates with a light coat of vegetable or olive oil to prevent food from sticking.


2. Use High-Quality Meats. Select fresh, high-quality seafood and meats to throw on the grill. By using high-quality seafood and meats it’s a virtual guarantee against flame flare-ups and makes cleanup easier.


3. Don’t be Shy with Seasoning. Whether you’re using a dry rub or wet marinade, don’t be bashful when it comes to the amount you layer on.
a. For steaks, Red Lobster recommends “the big four”: combine salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder, mix and shake on your protein.
b. For chicken use a wet marinade, be creative with ingredients and give it a kick by combining salt, pepper, ketchup, molasses, Worchester sauce, cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, and for a bit more fire, add hot sauce.
c. For seafood, use something light and simple to bring out the flavors: combine olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.


4. Marinate Gradually. Let your meat marinate in a refrigerator for up to two hours before cooking to infuse the flavor. Set aside an extra dish of marinade just for basting while cooking to avoid spreading any bacteria. Finally, before putting your meat or seafood on the grill, drain off the excess marinade or sauce and pat dry.


5. Identify the Hot Spots. Check the grill for hot and moderate temperature zones. We do this at Red Lobster by briefly running a hand about three inches above the grill. It should be at least at 500 degrees for meat and fish. For even cooking, place thicker foods at the center of the grill, smaller pieces toward the edges, and leave one inch of space between each piece of food.


6. Check the Clock. Steak, fish and chicken do not have to be grilled at different temperatures, but do have to be grilled for different times. Fish, depending on thickness, should be cooked for about two to three minutes on each side. Steak, depending on preference, should be cooked for about four to five minutes on each side. For boneless chicken, cook for about four to five minutes on each side. And for bone-in chicken, cook for six to eight minutes and always use a meat thermometer to ensure a proper temperature of 165 degrees.


7. Grill ‘Marks’ The Spot. The Red Lobster Grill Master secret to great looking steak, fish and chicken is perfect grill marks. When meat or fish is nearly 60 percent done, set in one place on the grill for two to three minutes without turning. Then, rotate a quarter turn (90 degrees) on the grill and cook for two to three minutes longer on the same side. Flip to other side and repeat.


Red Lobster Grilling Infographic


Red Lobster offers some amazing choices when it comes to grilled menu items.  I’ve never been disappointed with a food choice at Red Lobster and it’s a favorite place for hubby and I to eat.  We’ll be headed out on a date in the next week or two to enjoy the Wood-Fire grill taste from Red Lobster.


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    Charles Burbridge says:


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    Heather W says:

    Corn on the cob is my favorite thing to grill

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    Lindsey says:

    My favorite grill food is hamburgers stuffed with cheddar cheese, bacon and croutons!

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    I love grilled hotdogs.

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    Kaitlyn Ortega says:

    I love kebabs of any kind.

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    James Coyne says:

    Hot sausage patties

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    Jeremy S says:

    Steaks. Steaks and hamburgers are my favorite things to grill. Nothing beats a nice big steak grilled outside on the grill and enjoying your meal with family.
    jjsell76 at yahoo dot com

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    D Schmidt says:

    I love grilling steak

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    Meghan R says:

    My favorite would have to be burgers

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    Erica C. says:

    I like grilling chicken.

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    I love to grill marinated skirt steak!

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    I like to grill chicken

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    christal c says:

    my favorite is chicken

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    trisha mckee says:

    I love grilling steaks and corn.

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    carol lewis says:

    Chicken breasts.

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    Veggies! or pizza.

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    Steaks and corn!

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    amy deeter says:


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    Crystal F says:

    I would have to say cheeseburgers. thank you!

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    I love steak!

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    kelly g says:

    steak, chicken and chops

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    Courtnie says:

    Steak definitely!

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    Our favorites are chicken and veggies.

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    Sherilyn Nunez says:

    love to grill shrimp!

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    Cody Brice Lee says:

    Steak and Skrimps!

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    beef kabobs

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    Brittney House says:

    kabobs and burgers

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    Raychel B. says:

    I love grilling shrimp and lake perch!

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    Kelly Britton says:


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    love to grill t-bone steaks!

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    Carolsue says:

    New York Strip Steaks are my fave
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    steak 🙂

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    We like to grill chicken.
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    spirit_kim says:

    My favorite food to grill are steaks.

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    Tara Braun says:

    I love to grill steaks.

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    I like to grill steaks

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    Oooh…chicken, steak, shrimp, pineapple, mushrooms, onions, ELK (yup, that’s right)
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    Shirley Hicks says:

    t-bone steaks

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    Angela W says:


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    I like to grill hot dogs

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    I like grilling corn!

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    i love grilling chicken.

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    christina moore says:

    Love to grill steaks

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    Jennifer M says:

    We love doing burgers or pork loin.

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    Chicken is my favorite food to grill.

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    BBQ chicken!

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    Tara Woods says:


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    Robby Rob says:

    hot dogs for the kids

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    Alexandra C. says:

    STEAK!!!! =)))

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    Selene M. says:

    Hot dogs

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    Betty Antibus says:

    Steak is best on the grill!

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    Brooke M Adametz says:

    We love to grill seafood!

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    Paula Tavernie says:

    I love to grill Burgers!
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    Steak. Any kind. Even chopped steak.

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    It has to be babyback ribs

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    Christina Brundick says:

    chicken is my favorite

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    tallcapp says:

    Got to be Hot Dogs.

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    I like to grill portobello mushrooms. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Stephanie Adkins says:

    Shrimp and Chicken

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    Kim Smith says:

    I make a yummy pork loin on the grill

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    Our fave food to grill is steak.

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    stephanie hodges says:

    I love grilled lemon buttered shrimp

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    Marinated turkey breast!

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    melina r says:

    Steak is my favorite item to grill

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    Debbie C says:

    I can’t afford it often, but my favorite on the grill is a good lobster tail. It is just perfection and so easy to do.

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    ReggieMann says:

    I like to grill Hillshire Farm Polska Kielbasa

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    Patricia Edwards says:

    My fave food to grill is ribeye steaks.

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    I love grilled chicken.

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    KJ Skib says:

    I love steak!!!!

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    Miz Vickik says:


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    RIBS – not too saucy and not to “burned”~!

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    Sandra V. says:

    My favorite thing to grill is chicken.

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    Caryn S says:

    We love grilling turkey burgers and fresh vegetables

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    Aimee Fontenot says:

    My favorite thing to grill is ribs! I love ribs, pork or beef, doesn’t matter!

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    Amber T says:

    steak and shrimp!!

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    Elizabeth says:

    Love to grill just about anything from hot dogs and hamburgers to shrimp kabobs and steak

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    I love grilling steak & RL has some really good steak

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    Whitney says:

    We love Steak Kabobs!

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    Anthony says:

    I like to grill hamburgers

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    Jennifer says:

    I love to grill shrimp!

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    Jessica T. says:

    I like to grill hamburgers.

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    dani marie says:

    i love grilling corn.

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    Our favorite food to grill is pork chops (or ribs)

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    Rochelle says:

    Definitely Filet Mignon steaks. Thanks!

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    Baby Back Ribs! Yum!
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    Stephanie Gregory says:

    Steak and Shrimp!

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    Pork chops

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    Steak. Thanks.

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    Cheri Anne says:

    Steak is the best on the grill.

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    Thanks a ton! Janna Johnson GFC: janna@feedyourpig

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    Trevor C says:

    shrimp and lobster

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    Donna Ouimette says:

    I love grilled steak! Medium rare!!!!

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    Katie R says:

    I love grilling pineapple

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