Barbecue safety tips ahead of Memorial Day weekend

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Whatever you plan to grill this weekend, it is important to keep the safety of you and others at the forefront.

True-Que owner Byron Bonner said one thing to keep in mind is the weather. 

“It’s going to be hot, so make sure you drink plenty of fluids,” he said. “And if you’re grilling, make sure you have some type of water source around so that if the flame gets too high, you can extinguish it. If it’s windy, that air will feed the fire, so you have to be careful.” 

You’ll also want to make sure your meat is separated. 

“You don’t want to cross-contaminate your meat,” Bonner said. “Make sure you’ve got your meat separated enough. If you put too much meat on your grill, that will make you want to put more charcoal on your grill because it dampens the air.” 

Marinating your meat before you grill not only adds to the taste of the meat, but Bonner said it also helps with the cooking process. 

“Prep is very important, too,” he said. “Sometimes it’s good to marinate your meat. If you’ve got ribs, you can go ahead and put your rub on there. Pork steaks, you can put your dry rub on there and kind of just let your meat marinate. And after your meat has marinated, it really helps the cooking process. It really helps to tenderize it.” 

Other safety tips include always supervising your grill, using long-handed tools especially made for cooking on the grill, and keeping the grill away from the house or anything that could catch fire.

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