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April 09, 2021
Grilling, as we all know, is one of America’s greatest Spring and Summer pastimes. Whether we grill for our holidays (Memorial Day and the 4th of July), or whether we throw some chops or baby backs or even a few hot dogs on the grill for a fun family get together, it’s a tradition that will never go out of style. But, while we are cooking and celebrating, it never hurts to review a few food safety rules, learn some great tips to improve our techniques, or to incorporate delicious new recipes in our grilling menu. I know I love to learn anything new that can improve my grilling experience!
So, for all of you grillers out there, be you aficionados or beginners, I’m going to recap some great grilling knowledge.
Let’s begin with food safety.
Food safety is always a priority. The USDA gives us some simple common-sense guidelines to follow:
Next, it’s always good to start out with a clean and properly heated grill.
Begin preheating your grill at least 15-25 minutes prior to cooking, so you can give the grill time to reach the desired temperature. After you preheat the grill, simply scrape off the grate with a grill brush. It’s always easiest to remove the remains of a past meal while the grill is hot. Once the grill is clean, bring it to the necessary temperature. For high heat, aim for 400-450°F, medium-high at 350-400°F, 300-350°F for medium, and 250-300°F for low heat.
This next tip encompasses food safety, personal safety, and grill maintenance.
Avoid flare-ups and put them out properly! Flare-ups occur when fat drips down onto the coals (or whichever heat source you are using) and catches on fire. These fires can cause the formation and accumulation of carcinogenic PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), and the flames can also affect food taste or cause charring. By selecting leaner cuts of meat and trimming excess fat, you can reduce your chance of having a flare-up.
If a flare-up does happen, make sure you put it out in a safe way. Some grillers keep a squirt water bottle handy, but grilling pro and author Elizabeth Karmel suggests that extinguishing the flames by putting the lid over the grill is simpler, safer, and more maintenance effective. Using this method eliminates water splatter that can cause burns or crack the finish of your grill.
Now that I’ve covered food and personal safety, I’ll share some quick grilling tips with you:
Now that I’ve went over safety and cooking tips are you ready for some recipes to try out? I know I am!
This grilling season try something innovative, whether you try out a new recipe or a new technique or follow up on a new tip. I know I plan to! Circle B Ranch takes pride in helping to continue and build up the American grilling tradition.
For more great grilling and barbecue tips, look over this helpful infographic from BroBBQ:
and Williams-Sonoma blog "How to Grill Pork Chops" @ williams-sonoma.com
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