Whether you’re a novice or BBQ Master, follow these 5 tips to keep your steaks juicy and your property safe
It's the middle of July, so we can safely say summer is here. So as you fire up the BBQ to kick off your grilling mastery, remember, no one likes their steak charred, and that preference probably transcends to property as well. In lieu of all the warm weather and BBQ’ing fun in the sun to come this summer season, we’ve put together five safety tips for you to follow to ensure that your home, like your food, is kept in perfect condition.
Watch the Fire
Fire is one of the most destructive forces imaginable, and you’re inviting it to dinner. Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby and know how to use it - just in case. Each year, grills and smokers cause hundreds of fires, create hundreds of injuries, are responsible dozens of deaths and the cause of millions of dollars in damages. Perhaps appoint a fire marshal of some sort if you will, and have that person on fire duty at all times during your cook out.
Obstruction in the path of the fuel is the number one cause of gas grill fires. Inspect your gas grill regularly for problems created by bugs or other small critters that climb into the tiny places where the gas flows through. If you suspect a problem in your fuel path, before you start pulling your grill apart be sure to open the lid, make sure that the fuel tank is in the off position and the gas disconnected. Propane and natural gas can be very bad for you whether there is an explosion or not.
Charcoal grills cause more fires and damages than gas grills. The most common problem associated with these grills is the lighting of the charcoal. NEVER add lighter fluid to your hot coals. If you do, you may end up burning more than just your steak. While lighter fluid burns, it turns into a hot gas, and evaporated lighter fluid explodes. Remember, the flavors of your food are supposed to explode, not your grill.
Keep your Grill Clean
Grease from your food will collect in your grill overtime, even after only a few cookouts. You should always keep your grill clean which is easy to do by scrubbing off excess fat as it is burned by the heat of your grill. A clean grill is a safe grill whether it is gas or charcoal. Smokers are not exempt from grease either, so whichever you use to perfect your outdoor culinary masterpieces, remember- get the grease out.
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