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Barbecue Food Safety

Barbecue Food Safety

Summertime is here and so is barbecue season! Did you know that food poisoning cases double during the summer? Although this is true, there are many ways that you can avoid it. You don't have to give up outdoor grilling, but you can take steps to ensure that you and your family are food safe!

When cooking any type of meat of a barbecue such as burgers, steak, sausages or poultry, always be sure to:

• Let the coals heat up adequately until they are glowing red! This ensures that the cooking surface is hot enough
• Properly thaw frozen meat before you begin cooking
• Turn meat regularly so that it cooks evenly
• Always wash your hands after touching raw meat
• Never use sauce or marinade on cooked food if it has already been used with raw meat

A lot of times, meat is charred on the outer layer which gives the illusion that it fully cooked. Be sure to cut it at the thickest part; there should be no pink on the inside if you are cooking chicken or pork, but steak and burgers are at your discretion. Lastly, don't forget about fire hazards... your grill should not be close to any plants or trees that would easily catch fire and at least six to ten feet from any building. Happy Barbecuing!