Don't pierce the meat.
Hugh Mangum, the pitmaster at his celebrated New York City barbecue joints under the Mighty Quinn's banner, has a few rules for owning the grill come this Fourth of July. Chief among them is opting for dish-washing gloves and tongs to handle meat rather than a fork.
"Those big BBQ forks, throw them away or use them for yard work," Mangum told CNBC. "If you pierce the meat, you kill the meat. You let all the juices out. The meat should not be pierced."
Here are some of his other golden rules for owning the grill:
The last rule? Keep it simple, Mangum said.
"Barbecue is about having fun," he said. "There's no point if you're going to stress it out. And always have a six-pack handy."