Grilling on the boat is different from grilling in your backyard. It requires good preparation. If you love sailing, there is no reason why you should not have a hot meal of grilled ribs out there in the ocean. It tastes better when you are surrounded by the tranquility, beauty and might of Blue Ocean. Before you can achieve that, there are some things to note.

Here, you will see 10 tips to ensure you have a happy boat grilling adventure:

Choose a good boat grill

This will depend on your preference mainly, perhaps even the kind of boat that you have as well as the number of people that you are grilling for. The idea is to know what the best boat grill for your needs is.

An electric grill is no doubt the best option for you. However, it is expensive, and it is fixed onto the boat in such a way that it is not detachable. If you do not sail that often, save your money. There is no need for an expensive grill that you use twice a year.  

Charcoal grills come in all sizes. They are good but they use charcoal, which can take longer to get going. They also cook slowly even when they light up. These grills are made of stainless steel and they can be attached firmly to the railing on your boat.

Gas grills are definitely your best choice, but you have to be cautious with the propane gas. Leaks can be dangerous.

Stop the boat when grilling

You should never grill on a moving boat. A boat on the move is buoyant and weightless. If you must grill on the water, stop the boat and ensure that the waters are calm.

Have a person watching things all the time

Even when grilling in the backyard you should never leave your food unattended for long. On the boat, you should be ten times more careful. The space is small, the boat is buoyed by the waves and accidents can happen fast.

Make plans to grill before leaving home

Plan to grill before leaving home. That way, you will bring enough food, and all the sauces. Just because you are grilling on a boat, it does not mean that you should eat bland ribs. Bring enough vegetables too, Grilled vegetables taste great, all the time.

The right thickness for your steak matters

In your backyard grill, you can make the meat as thick as you want. On the boat though, fuel is limited so you want to grill as fast as possible. Make the thickness of the steaks smaller. The biggest steak should be less than 2 inches.

Bring real charcoal if you will use a charcoal grill

If you are going to use a charcoal boat grill, bring real charcoal. It burns much better, faster and it gives your meat better taste, than manufactured charcoal.

Don’t grill in the galley

Grilling needs plenty of air and good ventilation. There may also be smoke. Thus, you don’t want to grill your food in the galley because the space is minimal. Grill on the deck, where there is more air and space.

Prepare your boat grill well

It might be small because it is a boat grill. However, just the same way you would prepare your backyard grill, do the same for this one. Oil it to prevent food from sticking, just pass a paper soaked in oil over the grill.

Preheat the boat grill

Preheat the boat grill before placing your food on it. That way, the food cooks much faster. Besides, preheating also kills bacteria that could otherwise lodge onto your food. 10 to 20 minutes of preheating is good.

Dress properly

Forget what you see in the movies with beautiful women grilling in their bikinis. Cover up in fitting clothes as hot meat juices could scald you.