10 Backyard Grilling Tips
10 Backyard Grilling Tips – Here’s How You Prioritize Safety When Throwing a BBQ Party
Whether you’re throwing a huge barbecue party in your backyard or a simple grill out with your close friends, you’d always want to make sure that everybody gets to have the time of their lives. Other than that, you also got to prioritize their safety. Here are 10 backyard grilling tips for your next cookout:
1. Place your grill away from any structures.
According to a 2013 National Fire Protection Association report, 29 percent of home fires started on an open porch or an exterior balcony, while 27 percent took place in a terrace, patio, or courtyard. Keeping this report in mind, you should keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house, including areas like your garage and porch. Don’t set your grill under any wooden overhangs.
2. Clean your grill now and then.
Allowing grease and fat buildup is a recipe for disaster. Grease often causes fires, which is why you should keep your grill as clean as possible. If you have a charcoal grill, always see to it that the coals are completely cooled off before you throw them away in a metal container.
3. Stability is key.
Position your grill on a flat surface where it can’t be tipped over. You might even want to use a splatter mat or a grill pad under your grill.
4. Never leave your grill unattended.
Be sure you’re already done with your other food prep chores before you start grilling. That way, you wouldn’t have to switch places and worry about your grilling station anymore. Also, if you have children or pets, don’t allow them to stay near the grill.
5. Check for gas leaks.
To do this, turn on the LPG gas bottle without turning on the BBQ. Next, spray or sponge on the entire valve, regulator, and hose assembly with soapy water. Soap bubbles will form if there is a gas leak and you may also smell the gas.
6. Use charcoal starter fluid.
If you’re cooking with a charcoal grill, it’s best to use charcoal starter fluid. Avoid adding more of it or other flammable liquids once you see the fire dying down. A good option is to use a charcoal chimney starter. With this, you no longer have to use any self-igniting fluid that contains harmful chemicals.
7. Rub seasonings gently.
Rubbing your seasonings hard into the meat will only damage its texture and fiber, which is why you should apply the seasonings gently.
8. Don’t sauce too early.
It’s never a good idea to sauce your ribs early on, especially if you’re using a sweet sauce. You’ll only end up disappointed as soon as the sugar burns, ruining your food. The best time to sauce would be during the last 30 minutes of grilling.
9. Keep your meat organized.
A good cookout host knows how to please their guests and leave them wanting more of their dishes. Serve three platters — rare, medium, and well-done — and label each one of them. Not only will your friends and neighbors applaud you for your exceptional cooking abilities, but they’ll also appreciate your effort in making things more convenient for them.
10. Have your fire extinguisher ready.
No matter how careful you might be, fires can still happen from other circumstances. Be sure that you have a fire extinguisher nearby, or at least a large can of baking soda, or a bucket of sand. Never put out a grease fire with water.
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