Safety tips for grilling and smoking that I learned mostly the hard way.Jul 17, 2001 Write an essay on this topic.
Popular Products in Grills and SmokersThe Bottom Line SAFETY SAFETY SAFETY! Fire starting and booze do NOT mix (especially high octaine spirits and fires)
I have been cooking on fire since I was old enough to play
with wood and matches without someone using the old saying
of.... "You know what happens to kids who play with
fire? They wet the bed! If they aren't so lucky they get
In that time I've used most kinds of fire for cooking from
the plain old hunk of meat on a stick over an open camp
fire, to a primo Webber charcoal grill and most variations
involving wood, gas, and or charcoal in between.
Here are some of the valuable safety tips that I've
learned. Hopefully they will let you avoid learning them
the hard way.
When dealing with fires such as camp fires
1. Make SURE that the fire is contained in a fire
circle or container. Failure to do so can result in a
beating after the family finishes puting out the fire that
it started in the back 40 hay field.
2. Make sure that the stick you are using to hold the meat
over the fire isn't left to catch fire too. I lost several
good hunks of meat that way.
3. Be sure to fully put out the fire when done and that
tents and sleeping bags are far enough away to avoid
sparks. (especially if camping and sleeping in the area or
risk waking with your sleeping bag and or tent full of
burn holes from the sparks.
When dealing with gass fueled grills (blasphemy!)
1. Make sure that they tank has enough gas/fuel to complete
the job. I've had many a half cooked meals due to under
estimation of fuel in the tank.
2. Make sure that the lines are TIGHTLY attached. Loose fittings can cause gas leaks and are dangerous even if they don't go BOOM
3. If you are having trouble lighting a gas grill do NOT
let the gas run for a while then try again. This is a
recipe for puting your face into orbit and ruining a good
When dealing with a wood or charcoal grill...
1. Check and see if the charcoal that you are using
is "match light" variety. If it is then 95% of the time
you will NOT need extra lighter fluid. (group groan from
the guys here)
2. If you DO have to use lighter fluid, don't over do it.
A little goes a long way here guys. I know that a tower
of flame is fun and all that but then it leads to problems
3. If you "accidentally" use too much lighter fluid do NOT
try to smother it by reaching for the lid to put it down
using your bear hand.
4. If you end up with too much fluid and a TOWER of flames
(okay so I'm a bit of a pyro at times) and you DO drop the
lid to help reduce them before you have a grill melt down
then do NOT wait a while then open the grill with your
bear hand while standing in front of it. "And why NOT?!"
you may ask, weeeeellllll,...I have 2 words for you...
BACK DRAFT! Yes I did this and lost about 1/2 of my
moustache on 1 side and the hair all the way up to my
elbow this way recently.
and finally; with any cooking fire such as camp fires,
grills, and or smokers the following is true for all of
1. Do not let small childern or not so bright pets near
them. The coals (and thus the grill/smoker)remain HOT
usually long after the cooking is done unless you douse
them with lots of water.
2. Don't mix fire starting and alcohol. BAD COMBINATION!
If you are going to drink while BBQ'ing then PLEASE
practise moderation and if you can't do that let someone
else play with fire.
Happy grilling to all.
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