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Delicious, not Dangerous

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

Chicken cooking on a grill Summer grilling should be delicious, not dangerous.

Summer is in full swing and if you’re like us – you’re grilling dinners to keep the heat outside. Well, we’ve got a few things to share to keep you safe and satisfied the next time you throw some chicken on the grill.

Keeping Safe:

  • Make sure your grill is at a safe distance from the house and anything flammable – you never want to grill underneath an overhang or in the garage. Watch the wind as well – if you are grilling in a windy area, it can blow between the grates and fuel a flare up.
  • Use tools with long handles to keep a safe distance from the flame, and avoid wearing any clothing items that may easily catch fire (i.e. long, baggy sleeves)
  • Always clean a grill after use, while its still hot, with a wire brush to avoid accumulations of fatty, greasy materials. Food residue and old grease are both great fuel for a fire, so removing debris after each use is important. Don’t forget to check and empty any trays below the grill where grease collects. 
  • If you use lighter fluid to light a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluid. Never add the fluid to a flame, add it before lighting the grill. Spraying water on fire can cause grease to explode – turn the burners off and use a fire extinguisher instead.

Keeping Satisfied

  • Marinade your meat before grilling to make it tasty and can keep it from drying out. If you’re in a hurry – you can score the meat before you put it in the marinade. It’s best to leave it in the marinade for 2-6 hours depending on the type of meat. You can marinade overnight but be careful not to leave it too long as it can make the meat tougher.
  • If you love spicy – then you must try this marinade we found at https://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/the-best-5-flavorful-chicken-marinades-for-grilling/

Add the following to a bowl and whisk until combined. Then add chicken to a large storage bag and pour marinade over chicken. Let it sit for at least an hour before grilling.

  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 3 teaspoons sriracha
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Let us know if you liked it - or drop a comment with your favorite grilling recipe below. 

Keep Summer Safe!

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