How To Save Overcooked Or Burned Meat
At some point or another, it happens to all of us: you’re grilling some delicious meat like beef or pork on the grill and you make a mistake or you get distracted and one thing leads to another and your meat is overcooked or burned. While this can be super disappointing and frustrating, it doesn’t mean that it has to be a waste of food or money. There are a few simple ways that you can save overcooked or burned meat.
Simply Remove Burned Edges
If you’ve just scorched the outside of the meat, this is the best-case scenario. Often, you can simply peel off burned edges or burnt skin. If you slice your meat for salads or sandwiches, this is really easy to do without anyone noticing your mistake. When chopping up your meat, just cut off and throw away any unusable pieces, because often–especially in the case of chicken–the middle of the meat will still be juicy and delicious.
Chicken: Make Chicken Salad
If you’re grilling chicken breasts, legs, or thighs, and you notice that you’ve overcooked the meat, no worries! It’s very easy to fix overcooked or dried chicken and turn it into a delicious recipe. If you take your overcooked chicken and chop it into cubes, then add it into a bowl with mayonnaise, green onion, salt, pepper, celery slices, and lemon, you can make a simple and delicious chicken salad.
The dry chicken will be remedied with the mayo and will taste succulent and delicious. Serve the chicken salad on delicious fresh-baked buns or eat it on its own, and no one will be able to tell that it’s made up of overcooked chicken! It’ll taste so good that your guests will think that you intended to make a chicken salad in the first place!
Steak: Marinate And Make Into Wraps
If you love to grill, you understand the heartache of overcooked steak. If you don’t like to eat your steak extra-well done, don’t throw the overcooked meat away! Instead, slice it into thin pieces and marinate it in your favourite barbecue sauce. This will bring back some of the original moisture and give the steak a delicious flavour.
Leave the marinated steak in the fridge for all different kinds of uses during the week. Add the steak to sandwiches, wraps, stir fry, and any other quick and easy meal. Turn an accident into meal prepping for the week ahead!
Pork: Make Pulled-Pork
When you make pork, you want it to be juicy and succulent, and it can be a real disappointment if you accidentally overcook it. However, overcooked pork is not the end of the world! A great way to save the overcooked meat is to make another barbecue favourite: pulled pork!
Take your overcooked pork and shred it up as best you can with a knife and fork. Then, place the pork in a slow-cooker and slather it with your favourite barbecue sauce. Let the overcooked pork marinate as it and the barbecue sauce slowly heat up, then serve on its own or on a delicious freshly-baked bun. The Barbecue sauce will not only taste delicious, but it will also add moisture back to the pork.
How To Prevent Overcooked Or Burned Meat
Of course, it’s always a good idea to make lemons into lemonade when something goes wrong while grilling, however, there are some simple tips to follow to ensure that your food doesn’t get overcooked in the first place. These tips include:
- Use disposable trays and liners
- Use a digital meat thermometer
- Clean your grill between uses
- Use quality equipment to clean and maintain your grill
- Invest in a high-quality barbecue that can evenly and properly cook your food
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