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BBQ Tips That Are Useful All Year

Whilst the sun may not be out all year, here is some simple advice for when you get the BBQ out.

Knowing what the British weather is like, it certainly won’t be here for long so we need to make the most of it.

Hot weather and barbecues always go hand in hand, and we don’t need any excuse to get outside and fire up the BBQ and drink a few bottles of your favourite tipple.

We would like to share with you a few tips to help you keep safe when creating your perfect summer day.

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If you’re treating yourself this year to a brand new BBQ then make sure you follow the instructions carefully when building.

If you’re using an older BBQ, make sure it’s still fit for purpose. Check all fittings, such as legs, as anything that may cause the BBQ to topple could cause serious injury.

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Fire

Although the BBQ is our favourite way to cook food, it can also be the most dangerous. Fire is the most destructive force in the world so treat it with respect and make sure you have a fire extinguisher or bucket of water or sand to hand if your BBQ flame becomes out of control.

Keep a keen eye on children and pets around the BBQ, and if possible, keep them well away from danger.

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Smoke

Although smoke is part of the BBQ experience with succulent smells from the cooking meats, it can also be harmful. Make sure the BBQ is in a well ventilated area not too close to fences, washing lines, seating areas or flammable substances. Inhaling too much smoke can cause illness due to high levels of carbon monoxide.

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Alcohol

Remember that alcohol can seriously impair your judgement, tasks that seem simple can become much harder after a few drinks. Your best option is to not to use a BBQ when under the influence of alcohol.

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Food Safety Advice Food Safety

Though that juicy sausage may look cooked (or burnt!) that doesn’t mean it’s been cooked properly. The easiest way to suffer from food poisoning is from food cooked on a BBQ..

What may look cooked on the outside doesn’t mean it’s cooked on the inside. However it’s very easy to avoid this common mistake, just make sure you regularly turn meats and don’t cook in the flame itself.

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Quick Tips

  • Ensure frozen food is thoroughly defrosted.
  • Keep raw meat in the fridge until it’s time to cook it.
  • Wash your hands regularly, handling raw food then eating is a dangerous combination.
  • Light your BBQ well in advance so the flames have time to die down, and cooking temperature is reached.
  • Use different cooking utensils for raw and cooked food.
  • Check all food is cooked thoroughly cut it in half to check, or use a cooking thermometer
  • Don’t place food that’s been cooked onto a plate that has had raw meat on it.
  • Once food is cooked, keep it near the heat, or place it in the fridge (make sure it’s well away from any raw food).
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