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June 17, 2011

Barbecuing for the Better ~ tips

It's summer time, Father's Day is just around the corner and I'm sure many of us will be spending time outdoors around the BBQ.  Here's some quick and simple tips to make your BBQing experience the best it can be.

Thaw your frozen meat out in the fridge.  Try not to defrost meat or poultry and fish on the counter top....bacteria can easily multiply at room temperature.  If you need to speed things up, use the microwave on its defrost setting and then grill immediately.
Clean plates.  Always use clean plates.  Cutting boards, plates and utensils that have come into contact with raw meat can harbor bacteria.  Always use new dishes for the cooked food and keep your hands washed.

Check for doneness.  Keeping a cooking thermometer at the BBQing area to check for safe internal temperatures really helps.
Hamburgers, pork and medium steaks, 160 degrees F.
Chicken or turkey breasts, 165 degrees F.
Medium rare steaks {this is how I like them}, 145 degrees F.

Have you BBQ'd yet this season?  If so, what was it; beef, chicken, veggies or fish?

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Michelle said...

I love to BBQ. I did some marinated chicken recently. The Barefoot Contessa's Tequila Lime marinade. Very nice.

Reena said...

We cook on the grill year round ... even in the winter ... Love it!

Pat Tillett said...

I love to BBQ and do it all the time! As you know, we have no real winter here, so why not! I'm always the one who does the grilling and I'm really careful, especially with chicken. I need to invent an anti-bacterial marinade!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Absolutely agree with your defrosting method. Unfortunately, the number of days when it is barabcue weather here are very few.

Katie said...

Great tips! We BBQ a few nights a week in the summer. This week it was walleye and hamburgers. We have an electronic meat thermometer that is super handy with cuts of meat. Nathan is going to do a post on grilling fish for me soon. Enjoy the weekend! I miss you! We need at least a phone date soon.