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BBQ/grilling safety tips, healthy ideas and other info-Part 2

Five Safety Tips

A few essential tools for BBQ/grilling
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Never leave a grill unattended.

Always check for any leaks by using a soapy water solution (expanding bubbles means you have one!) when replacing a cylinder.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

And always keep your grill outside, a safe distance from the house-placed on a level surface at least five feet away from any siding, outdoor furniture, anything else that could be a fire hazard and of course, the house.

When lighting (and relighting), keep the lid open and don’t lean over the grill.
If the flame goes out, turn off the gas and refer to the owner’s manual or according to the National Fire Protection Association, in addition to turning off the gas, you should keep the lid open and wait at least 15 minutes before relighting.

To find more info about the Grilling for Heroes campaign and other safe grilling tips, go to www.GrillingForHeroes.com (you can also submit a grilling recipe and military story here).

More Grilling Tips

Adding a bit (a few drops or dashes) of Tabasco Original Red Sauce to condiments such as ketchup, BBQ sauce, mayonnaise and even mustard will give them a spicy twist.

Soaking wooden skewers in warm water for 30 minutes before grilling will help prevent them from burning.

For more recipes and tips, check out www.tabasco.com.

Grilling Pork Chops

When it comes to grilling this meat, it’s all about selecting the right recipe, preparing the grill correctly and grilling your pork chops like a steak using a digital thermometer to ensure the proper range of “doneness” (ideally between 145 degrees-medium rare, followed by a three-minute rest and 160 degrees (medium).
Here are two ideas to prep the grill:

Arrange hot coals evenly on the fire grate of the grill or use all-gas burners on medium-hot heat.
Place the pork directly above the heat source.

Follow suggested cooking times: ¾ -inch chops should be cooked for 8-9 minutes; 1 ½ -inch chops for 12-16 minutes-turning once during cooking.

New Products for Better Grilling Safety

All of the following equipment should be generally available whenever grills and grilling supplies are sold, such as hardware stores, drugstores. And some supermarkets. And of course, they’re available online.

Perfect Chef BBQ Tool Set has color-code tongs with duct tape; one color for raw food, another for cooked (to help avoid any cross-contamination). Retail price is $11.99. For more info, log in at www.target.com.
A good set of tongs will provide a much better grip on your meat and veggies. Also look for a pair of spring-loaded or flexible bent tongs as opposed to a pair joined by a swivel pin (like scissors or pliers); they’ll offer more control. And consider size; Tongs can vary from 6 inches to well over a foot in length (the shorter the tongs, the more control you’ll have).

Grill gloves should be heavy-duty and snug. Look for heat-resistant ones that will cover at least part of the forearm for maximum protection.
Your local Sears store offers these in various sizes; there’s bound to be one that fits!
One pair costs $48.42.
Check out www.sears.com for more details.

Long-reach matches are available at www.menards.com. Not only are these matches safer and stronger, they also make lighting charcoal an easier task.
A set of 25 costs $2.95.

Did You Know That…..

According to Weber’s annual GrillWatch survey, more than 60 percent of American home grillers use a propane gas grill.

A recent survey by the Heart, Patio and Barbecue Association found that seven out of 10 home grillers consider themselves to be “better than average” at grilling.

Sources: “Ways to enjoy the fun of grilling”-Family Features-The Vindicator, July 9, 2014, “Light up the Grill with Crowd-Pleasing Skewers”-Family Features-The Vindicator, June 18, 2014, “Perfect the art of grilling juicy, tender pork chops”-Family Features-The Vindicator, May 7, 2014, Better/live well section-”do something better-Light A Grill” by Caroline Hwang-Better Homes and Gardens, July 2014 and “The basic tools for backyard grilling” by Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times-The Vindicator, June 4, 2014