GET SMOKIN’ from Janice Taylor, Belifnet Blogger
It’s time to clean up and heat up the grill, gather your friends and get smokin’. While cooking with fire – an ancient cooking technique – is adventurous and fun, there are a few things to consider.
A Dozen Definite Musts-Do’s to Stay Healthy, Happy, and Burn Free this Smokin’ Hot Grill Season
1. For delicious, juicy results, remove meat and poultry from the fridge an hour before cooking (keep out of direct sunlight).
2. When making kebabs, thread the food loosely to allow the pieces to thoroughly cook.
3. To avoid excess smoke, trim off excess fat and drain food that has been marinating.
4. Before putting your meats, chickens and vegetables on the BBQ, make sure that the coals are very hot. They should have a light coating of gray ash. Plan ahead, as this can take 30 minutes or longer.
5. Put a lid on it! If you have a lid, close it! When open, heat escapes and you won’t be able to properly roast or sear your meats.
6. Be sure to thoroughly cook your meat and poultry. Use a meat thermometer to ensure doneness. Large cuts of beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees F, whole poultry to 180 degrees F.
7. Eat perishable foods within two hours, or – if it’s a hot and steamy summer day and over 90 degrees F – eat within one hour.
8. A clean grill is a must. Burn off at full temperature for 10 minutes then scrape away the charred remains with a wire brush. Allow to cool and wipe grill with a touch of vegetable oil.
9. Remember to wear a heavy apron and an oven mitt that fits over your forearm.
10. Keep grill away from house, garage, landscaping and kids!
11. Keep the grill on level ground.
12. Never use gasoline to start your fire. Be sure to soak the coals in water before you throw them out.
Have FUN! Eat HEALTHY! (Grillin’ hot recipes.)
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