By following these five simple tips below, you can guarantee safe grilling at the same time as providing delicious and perfectly-cooked barbecue dishes on your Weber Q BBQ.
Here are 5 simple tips to follow for food safety while grilling
#1 Prepare your ingredients before grilling
To have all of the ingredients in place and ready to cook is the number one rule of every grill master.
Fruits and vegetables should be washed thoroughly even if they are going to be peeled before they are cooked.
With meat, it is actually better to rinse just before placing on the grill because the bacteria can spread faster if the juices happen to splash onto the counter top or sink.
#2 Thaw meat the right way
An important rule of grilling is to never barbecue frozen meat. You could end up with a steak that is cooked on the outside and raw on the inside.
It is important that the meat is completely thawed out before placing it on the grill. The experts advise that meat should be thawed in the fridge. There may be quicker methods like the microwave or running hot water over the meat but you run the risk of exposing your meats to bacteria, whereas inside the fridge, your meats will be safest from any exposure to bacteria.
#3 To avoid cross contamination – separate raw food from cooked food
You should use separate containers and utensils for each. Also, you should wash your hands thoroughly if they have been in contact with raw fish or meat to avoid the transfer of any bacteria.
#4 Cook meat properly
To avoid food borne illnesses, meat, fish and poultry should be cooked evenly. Cooking at the right temperature will ensure that there are no raw parts. So a thermometer is a good tool to have, especially if you are new to grilling.
#5 Store food until you are ready to eat it
Cooking on a grill can take a considerable amount of time, especially when you are grilling steaks for a lot of people. Think family barbecue or an office party. So it’s important to store perishable items, like coleslaw and potato salad, in the refrigerator or a cooler until you are ready to eat, otherwise you run the risk of becoming sick from that tainted slaw or salad that was left out in the heat too long.
If you follow these five simple tips, you will have a stress free and enjoyable barbecue the next time you light up your Weber grill.
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