Cooking Tips for your Backyard BBQ Party
Published on: April 24, 2017
BBQ Cooking Tips for Home
With summer just around the corner, it is only proper that you prepare your BBQ grill and backyard to enjoy a fun cooking session with your family and guests. Here are some BBQ cooking tips for home to keep you safe.
Choose the right location
You can’t place your grill and cooking equipment anywhere in the open space. Choose a corner, far from your house or hanging branches or nearby bushes so that the smoke from the grill doesn’t waft back inside your home and to prevent fires.
Use the right cooking tools
BBQ cooking requires special cooking tools. Make sure that your backyard has enough space to accommodate your BBQ grill. There should enough space on both sides of the grill to fit platters and other cooking tools. You should be able to move freely without being hindered by the grill.
Get something for entertainment
Cooking is an entertaining experience itself but if it’s accompanied by some form of entertainment such as music, it becomes more fun for everyone.
Prepare the ingredients before grilling
Make sure that all vegetables and fruits are thoroughly washed even if you’re planning to cook them peeled. As for the meat, it is best not to wash them before grilling as bacteria can spread a lot faster if the juices are splashed onto the sink or counter.
Keep raw and cooked food separate
It is important to separate the cooked food from the raw ones to avoid cross contamination. Use different utensils and containers for each. You should also wash your hands properly before cooking, particularly if you’ve touched raw meat or fish. Aside from this, you should avoid putting the cooked meat back on the same platter or plate that the raw meat was on. Mixing the cooked and raw food increases the risk of getting sick.
Thaw frozen meat
Don’t barbeque frozen meat. Only the outside will be cooked and the inside will be raw. So, you should thaw your meat before cooking it. There are various ways to do this, but the safest technique is to thaw frozen meat in the refrigerator. You can also re-freeze the meat you thawed if you want to cook it later. Thawing the meat in the microwave or under running water is also possible. Meat will be exposed to bacteria if thawed in room temperature or using hot water.
Cook meat thoroughly
Make sure to cook poultry, seafood and meat thoroughly and evenly to reduce the risk of food-borne diseases. The right cooking temperature can help you achieve this. Use a high quality food thermometer, especially if you are new to cooking BBQ.
Avoid lifting the lid to check the food
Every time you lift the lid to check the meat, it alters the temperature inside the grill. Aside from causing the meat to dry up, it also increases the risk of flare-ups. After removing the meat from the grill, you should let it rest for about 5 to 10 minutes. Slicing or cutting the meat immediately after getting it from the grill will cause the juices to pour out of the meat and onto the plate.
It is also best that you take the food out just before eating. BBQ cooking takes some time. If you are serving other dishes such as soups and salads, you should store perishable ingredients in the refrigerator until everybody is ready to eat. There are only some of the most important things that you should keep in mind when grilling meat. If you follow these tips, you’ll definitely enjoy a fun and safe BBQ cooking session.