Eliminate Outdoor Cooking Mistakes

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As humans, we all make mistakes. It is human nature to do so,
and cannot be prevented each and every time. When it comes to
barbequing, this rule is no different. We often make mistakes we
do not even realize until we taste our food, or something
potentially dangerous happens.

Some mistakes just mean that the food you cook is not going to
taste very good, while others could potentially mean a trip to
the hospital, or a visit from your claims representative on your
home insurance policy. No matter the severity of the mistake, you
should do your best to try to avoid them whenever possible.

Cooking Mistakes

You must properly prepare the meat you are cooking, before
cooking it. You should never attempt to cook meat on a grill when
it is still frozen, or even partially frozen. Thaw your meat by
sitting it out about 12 to 24 hours before you plan on cooking
it, or by thawing it in a microwave.

Once meat is cooked, never put it back in on the same plate you
had it on when it was raw. This could cause the spread of many
unwanted illnesses.

Cooking with charcoal lighter fluid can be good or bad. The
lighter fluid will cause the food you are cooking to taste
different then with other types of grills. Alternatively,
attempting to not use lighter fluid may cause a lot of
frustration due to the fact that charcoal can be difficult if not
impossible to light without it.

Never poke your meat while it is cooking. Poking holes in meat
will cause the juice inside to leak out into the bottom of the
grill. Not only will this make your food dry and unappealing in
the end, but it also could potentially ruin your barbeque grill.
At the very least, it will cause a buildup of unwanted grease and
juices on your grill, which makes cleanup harder.

Once the meat is on the grill, try not to open the lid too many
times. Each time you open the lid, you change the temperature in
the grill. The constant change in temperature and the air flow
will cause your meat to dry up quickly.

Remember that higher the heat is not always better. While it is
ok to quickly cook food, turning the heat up will just cause the
meat to dry up and potentially burn.

While using tin foil or aluminum foil will make cleaning easier,
it will cause your food to have more of a fried taste then a
grilled taste.

Dangerous Mistakes

Never, under any circumstance, should you leave a grill alone
when it is in use. Grilling does have fire involved, and
accidents can happen. Fire spreads quickly, so supervising your
grill could mean the difference between a small, quickly
extinguished fire and a visit from the fire department.

Never place a hot grill against a wall, even if the fire is
already completely out. A hot grill can heat up an exterior wall
to the point of combustion. Also, do not put the grill cover back
on until you are sure that the grill is completely cool.

You should clean the grill after each and every use, no
exceptions. While no one likes cleaning the grill, it is
essential for the life and safety of your grill. If you allow
your grill to sit dirty, not only are you causing a potential
fire and health hazard, but you are ultimately making it harder
on yourself when it does come time to clean your grill.

Make sure that your grill is completely cold before cleaning it.
Spraying oil and cleaning agents on a hot surface could cause it
to ignite. Be careful, because the grill may seem cool, but may
still be hot in certain areas. You do not want to sustain a burn.

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