Having a barbecue can be a lot of fun. However, there are certain things that must be done in order to barbecue safely. Accidents can occur if the person doing the barbecue is not paying close attention to what they are doing at all time.
I remember one Father’s Day we had a big pool party at my house. I was grilling out for everybody and having a good time. While I was grilling, out of no where a HUGE flame came flying at my face. I was terrified, I threw the grill cover down to cover the flame. I literally left the grill shaking because I was so scared. I walked inside (partially pissed off at my boyfriend since I was grilling by myself) and looked in the mirror. Part of my eyebrow had been burned off and my hair was burned down to a crisp along my hairline. The flame not only scared me but was literally millimeters away from seriously burning my skin. I was so thankful that it was only my hair but now I take extra precaution when grilling.
I don’t want yall to have the same scare that I did. Here are some tips on how you can get the most out of your barbecue and enjoy it without any accidents or illnesses.
Barbecuing Safety Tips-
Use Tongs– Always use tongs when barbecuing. This will help to prevent flare ups and accidents. It will also help to keep your food moist and tender.
Spray Bottle– Have a spray bottle filled with water handy. This will be used for spraying flare ups to prevent your grilled food from burning.
Check the Propane Tank– Check the date on your propane tank. They are generally good for ten years. After ten years, they need to be relined or replaced. Once you have had them relined or replaced then you are good for another ten years.
Use a Meat Thermometer– Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your food. This will help you to determine whether or not the food has been thoroughly cooked. This will help to prevent food poisoning. Do not test for food doneness where the bone is in your meat. Keep the meat thermometer a couple of centimetres away from the bone.
Safe Handling– Use safe handling methods when preparing food for the grill. Keep uncooked foods away from the cooked foods. Use separate plates for each and use separate utensils for handling the food as well.
Keep Food in the Refrigerator– Keep uncooked food in the refrigerator. Only take it out to marinate it or to allow it to rise to room temperature before you place it on the grill.
Have Everything in Order– Have everything in order before you start up the grill. This means to have all condiments close by and also have all the food that you are going to cook right there at your fingertips and in front of you at the grill. By doing so, you will be able to concentrate on cooking the food properly without burning it as there will be nothing to distract you from the task at hand.
Ladies – put your hair up. I have long hair which attracts any flames that might fly up!
What other tips would you add to the list?