Are you a barbecue virtuoso who lives to man the flames? Or a grilling greenhorn who gets weak-kneed at the mere thought of holding the tongs?

Either way, we've got all the ace techniques and easy tricks you need to take your grill work to the next level. For example, the best way to transform a less-pricey slab of meat so it tastes like a prime cut? Age it. Finish a steak perfectly without overcooking it? Reverse-sear it. Keep a burger delectably juicy? Flip it, flip it, flip it.

Yes, with these 16 top tips, a few hours' practice, you too can enter the pantheon of grilling gods (or at least not fall flaming from the heavens).