Grilling is one of the most fun ways to cook, but it’s also one of the most difficult—many of us spend the majority of the year not grilling, so when we finally step up to the BBQ, our everyday kitchen skills are suddenly ineffective. We need new techniques to bring the thunder—from nifty ways to add smoky flavor to your meats on an everyday grill, to tricks that will take the pain out of post-cookout cleaning. Here are 15 grilling skills to deploy at your next BBQ.

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