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BBQ Safety Tips for the 2015 Big D BBQ Battle

Dallas families love to barbecue.  Summer holidays are among the most popular times to fire up the grill and cook in the great outdoors. Here are a few tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe around the BBQ.

#1 Wash Your Hands.

Before preparing food of any type, wash your hands. You should also watch your hands after handling raw meat, before serving and eating.

#2 Thaw Your Frozen Food.

Unless the cooking instructions specifically suggest otherwise, all frozen food should be thoroughly defrosted before BBQ’ing. This allows the meat to cook evenly and thoroughly, killing harmful E. coli and other bacteria.

#3 Separate Veggies & Meat.

Raw and cooked meat should be kept separate from uncooked meat, fish, and vegetables.  Separating these items helps

#4 Don’t Leave Out the Leftovers.

In hot weather, throw away BBQ’ed food left out for more than 1-2hours.  Don’t worry, your leftovers will stay safe in the fridge for 3-4 days.

#5 Don’t Be Fooled By Grill Marks.

It’s easy to confuse grilled burgers, sausages and chicken as thoroughly cooked.  Especially if you’ve mastered the art of grill marks.  Always use a meat thermometer to check internal temperatures. Here’s a helpful guide to safe meat temperatures.

#6 Use Caution When Lighting Charcoal.

Never use gasoline or other flammable liquids as a substitute for lighter fuel.  If you don’t want to use chemicals fluids, try a chimney starter.

#7 Disinfect Knives & Utensils.

While checking met. Ensure knives and other grilling utensils are securely stored.  After reach use, utensils, knives and prep areas should be wiped down with a disinfecting disposable cloth.

#8 Grilling Is Serious Business.

Okay so a barricade might be overboard, however, pay special attention to children and animal who are near your BBQ when it’s in use.  The grill is very hot and can cause serious burns.

You grill could easily start a fire if knocked over. We recommend having a fire blanket, water spray or hose handy at all times when you’re cooking. This will ensure you can quickly put out a fire if your grill is turned over.