(Family Features) - Gearing up for the summer concert scene? Don't forget the most important piece of equipment - the grill!
"Some good tunes, a hot grill and your favorite people are all you need to throw a great barbecue cookout this summer," said Chris Lilly, the official pitmaster for the Keith Urban Escape Together World Tour together with KC Masterpiece Barbecue Sauces and Kingsford Charcoal, which will hit 50 cities across the United States.
Whether enjoying pre-concert tailgates or gathering in your own backyard, music and barbecue are a natural match.
"The thing I enjoy most about a barbecue is that it's a great excuse to round up friends and family, whether we're in someone's backyard or tailgating next to the bus while on tour," said chart-topping musician, Keith Urban. "It's the hang time that's important; the opportunity to unwind and just have fun."
Sharing exclusive tour recipes and charcoal grilling tips, Lilly makes it easy to bring a piece of the summer concert experience to any gathering. "Whether you have tickets to the show, are hanging out in your backyard, or taking the party to a park, beach or campground, nothing says summer gatherings like a charcoal grill," said Lilly.
For more tour recipes, charcoal grilling tips and a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime Keith Urban experience, visit www.keithurban.net.
Planning a pre-concert tailgate with family and friends?
Try these tips from Chris Lilly to keep your crowd happy.
Take Care With Your Opening Act. One of the most common mistakes made when lighting a charcoal grill is allowing the lighter fluid to soak in before lighting the coals. Instead, eliminate undesired flavors by applying a moderate amount of fluid, lighting immediately and letting the coals burn until they are white-hot (about 15 minutes).
Improve Your Set List. Expand the menu beyond basic hotdogs and burgers by grilling new and different meats. Pork chops taste great with the smoky flavor of the grill, and seared tuna will make you look like an all-star chef. Tack on sides like my Charcoal Grilled Sweet Potato Steaks for an unexpected crowd pleaser.
Fight Flare-Ups. Marinate your meat before grilling to fight sudden flare-ups, and apply sauces to meats once they have cooked a while on the grill. You'll still taste the delicious flavor without risking over-cooked food.
Plan for an Encore. Keep the good times going well after your main course by grilling a tasty dessert, such as fruit skewers seasoned with cumin and maple syrup, or tour exclusive Cue'd Apple Crumble. Find the recipe at www.keithurban.net.
Safety First. Keep a can of sand or bucket of water nearby for safe and easy clean-up. With long-handled tongs, carefully remove the coals from the grill and place individually in the receptacle.