Great Tips For A Successful Barbecue

Running a successful barbecue is largely a matter of common sense, planning and organisation. The two main fuels used to grill outdoors are charcoal and gas; each requires a different technique. In this article, the Grilling Coach offers you 10 valuable gas grilling tips ...

Always place your grill on a solid, level surface away from fences, shrubs, grass, and overhangs. Grill in a well-ventilated area and always open the grill lid before igniting.

Allow more cooking time on cold or windy days or at higher altitudes. On extremely hot days allow less time.

Spray the food grate with non-stick cooking spray before starting the grill. Never spray directly over the fire (gas) as you can cause a fire. To grease a hot grate, fold a paper towel into a small pad. Hold the pad with long-handled tongs, dip it in vegetable oil and rub over the grate.

To forestall flare-ups during cooking, trim excess fat from meats or use lean ground meats or place a drip pan directly under meats.

Have two pairs of long-handled tongs -- one for moving the coals and one to turn food.

Bring foods up to a cool room temperature before placing on the grill. Cold foods straight from the refrigerator may burn on the outside before the interior is cooked.

Don't crowd food on the grill. Allow some space around each piece for even cooking and clean the food grate with a stiff wire brush after cooking.

Don't allow raw meat and fish to come into contact with other food. Use separate cutting boards and utensils. Thoroughly wash your hands and surfaces with hot soapy water after handling uncooked foods. Don't carve cooked meat on the same board used to handle raw meat. The professionals don’t so why should you!

Protect yourself from the heat with long barbecue mitts and long-handled tools. Instead of a fork, use tongs to turn to avoid piercing the food and losing juices. Spatulas should be used for hamburgers.

Use a meat or instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature of meat and poultry before the recommended cooking time is up. Do not leave an instant thermometer in the food while grilling.

So there you have it, top advice for success straight from the Grilling Coach. Grill smart not hard to really enjoy your barbecue!

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