Timothy Woods
Published by Timothy Woods
Last Updated On: August 18, 2022

Meat is the most popular food to cook on a grill, and it is where most beginners start their grilling journey.

Our local grilling experts have compiled a guide for the best meats to grill, giving you some ideas about where to start your grill skills and how to expand them to different types of meat.

According to our expert grillers, the ideas for the best meats to grill are only part of the information we offer. You will also find the following valuable information included.

Quick Summary

  • The best cuts of meat to grill.
  • Tips for cooking temperatures and durations.
  • Some tasty bastings for your grilled meat.

We have categorized the best meat to grill into different sections to easily find the type of meat you want to grill and quickly determine the best version of that meat to cook.

You can use our guide as a quick reference to expand your meat grilling repertoire.

Best Beef to Grill

A raw burger beef close up image

Most people who start grilling begin with the traditional burgers as the most common type of beef to cook.

However, expanding your selection of beef on the grill can beef up your grilling repertoire and produce succulent, delicious meals.

There are many types of steaks that you can select from, including expensive Wagyu steaks from Japan or several cheaper steaks that can still be a taste sensation on the grill!

Here is our selection of the top cut of beef to try on the grill.

Tenderloin Steak Is the Best Steak for the Grill

Raw tenderloin steak with plain background

Steak is quick, easy, and delicious on a grill, but there are many types of steak to choose from. So, our expert grillers have chosen tenderloin steak as the top steak for the grill.

Tenderloin steak is from the same cut of meat as the renowned filet mignon, and it tastes just as good on the grill.

The soft, tender, butter-like texture of this meat is difficult to beat [1].

The best way to grill a tenderloin steak is simply with a little salt and freshly cracked pepper.

You want the meat's flavor to be the show's star.

Season just before you place the meat on the grill.

The meat should be cooked on medium-high heat to get a good sear on the outside and cooked according to temperature to gain various levels from rare to well-done.

Other steaks you can try that are a little less pricey than tenderloin include the following:

  • Rump Steak
  • Sirloin Steak
  • Ranch Steak

Best Pork to Grill

Pork is a firm favorite on the grill, from ribs to pork butt.

However, one of our favorites is the best pork to throw on the grill for a Saturday afternoon cookout.

Our selection for the best pork to grill may not be the first cut of pork that comes to mind, but it is one of the easiest to grill with many variations according to taste.

Pork Chops Are the Best Pork Cuts to Grill

Top view of pork chops on wooden board

Pork chops are our selection for the best pork to grill because of their versatility when cooked in this way.

The rim of fat around the edge of the meat adds flavor and helps to keep the meat moist and juicy.

The grill temperature should be medium-high heat but watch for flame flare-ups as the fat renders and drips onto the hot coals or the gas flame.

Pork chops can cook quickly on a grill and, depending on the thickness of the cut, can be ready to come off after between 8 to 15-minutes.

Chili goes very well with pork, so try basting garlic butter with chili flakes mixed in.

To get a glaze on your pork chop, include some honey or use chutney to baste the chop as it cooks.

Other favorite pork cuts on the grill are as follows:

  •   Pork Ribs
  •   Pork Loin
  •   Pork Steaks

Best Poultry to Grill

There are many poultry types of meat that you can cook on your grill, from turkey to quail, but we have chosen the most popular poultry that is a household staple for most families.

Chicken Is the Best Poultry to Grill

Raw chicken legs top view on wooden board

Chicken is probably one of the most popular meats to cook on a grill. It is cost-effective, versatile, and tasty!

Chicken pieces are the best form of chicken to grill for a quick cookout.

However, if you have a leisurely afternoon planned, you can cook a whole bird if you have several hours available.

Chicken is a mild meat that takes flavor very well, which allows you to tailor the flavor of the meat to your preferred taste.

Chicken is best cooked slower than red meat (such as steaks) since it needs to cook all the way through.

Sear the skin on high heat, then move the chicken pieces further out to cook the inside at a slower rate.

If you want to try some more exotic poultry, experiment with the following birds:

  • Duck Breast
  • Quail

Best Venison to Grill

Close up image of a venison meat

Many people don’t think about venison when they consider meat to put on the grill, but if done right, venison makes for tasty, healthy meat to cook on the grill!

Venison is not meat. You should jump into and cook on the grill without researching the best ways to cook it. It is beautiful meat to cook on the grill, but it has to be done right.

Due to the lean nature of venison, it is very easy to overcook the meat on the grill, and when it dries out, it becomes tough.

Sirloin Steaks Are the Best Venison Cuts to Grill

Top view of sirloin steak on plain white background

Sirloin venison steaks cut to about ¾ to 1 inch thick are ideal for grilling.

You can go basic with the seasoning, using fresh cracked black pepper, sea salt, and a good quality vegetable oil or ghee to baste the steaks while they are on the grill.

Simple seasoning allows the flavor of the meat to come through, but if you prefer something a little spicier, you could try a cajun rub.

The trick to great venison steaks is not to cook them too long. Cook the venison steaks for 4 minutes on the first side, then turn them over for between 3 and 4 minutes on the opposite side.

At 125°F in the middle, these steaks will be cooked medium-rare, and at 130°F, they will be cooked medium.

Other cuts of venison you can consider cooking on the grill include the following:

  • Short ribs
  • Venison Sausages with Pork Fat to provide the juice

Other Meats To Try Out On The Grill

lamb chops on a circular wooden platform

There are many other types of meat you can try out on the grill, and there is nothing to prevent you from trying them all out till you find a new favorite.

Other meats you may want to try out as your skills improve are lamb chops, which are extremely tasty when grilled with a bit of lemon juice and mixed green herbs sprinkled over them.

Fish is another popular meat on the grill, but it is best if you use fresh fish, so the ease with which you can source fresh fish will depend on your location.

Still, on the topic of fish, we have enjoyed many a seaside grill with skewered prawns and crayfish on the grill with a little garlic and lemon butter as the basting sauce.

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Conclusion

If grilling is your favorite way to cook, there are methods to cook almost any type and cut of meat on the grill. If you can’t find a recipe, make your own and tweak it until you like it.

Experimentation is the best way to learn how to cook on the grill, so if you don’t see your favorite type of meat on our list, it doesn’t mean it won’t make great grilling meat.

You should also check what type of grill works best for you. Stainless steel grills are the usual get-go, but there are also other types like cast iron grills.

The joy of outdoor cooking is constantly trying new foods to enjoy on the grill.


References:

  1. https://www.americanfoodsgroup.com/recipes/beef_chart/fabricatedCuts/192

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