barbecue safety tipsBarbecue parties are really entertaining. You won’t only get excited as you wait while the food cooks but you’ll also get equally thrilled about your guests’ feedback on your grilled dishes. And while we all know the perks of hosting a backyard barbecue party, we should not disregard the fact that cooking on the grill requires caution, too. And we’re not only talking about the risks of fire-related accidents. There are indeed a lot more about outdoor cooking that we should be mindful of. Here are some tips you should consider!


1. A backyard cooking extravaganza doesn’t seem so risky at all. It’s just some coals and a grill, isn’t it? But that’s the thing. You’ll be using fire which is a very destructive force. So what do you do? Make sure that you’ll set up your grill about 10 feet away from your house. Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of a flare-up. Have the fire marshal’s phone number handy in case of an emergency. Also keep flammable stuff away from your cooking area. These include decorations, lanterns, wood overhangs, paper materials, linens and any other type of fabric. Also keep your grill away from vehicles and even away from your garage.


2. If it’s your first time to use a La Caja China, make sure that you’ll follow the building instructions carefully before cooking anything in it. It’s pretty easy to set up the roasting box and you’ll definitely install it even on your own by following what is written on the user’s manual. Ensuring that the box is set up correctly lowers the risks of unpleasant events such as food burning or undercooking.


3. Be extra careful when lighting up your charcoals. Most people use lighter fluid because it’s the easier way but the truth is, it could also burn your facial hair — or your very hair for that matter. As experts say, the lighter fluid in liquid state burns but once it has converted to its gaseous state, it may actually explode. So if you have already built a fire, don’t sprinkle lighter fluid around just to make flame bigger.


4. If you’re into brushing your meat with sauces that have oil in them, make sure that you’ll put the sauce container somewhere safe and not beside or on the grill. The same thing goes with using woodchips and smokers. Also remember that if your grill isn’t clean, it already has grease on it and that will make it prone to flare-ups. And so, you should always use a clean grill when barbecuing.


5. Prevent skin burning. Your La Caja China is not exempted from having a hot surface. It seals in the heat created by the charcoals so it’s just natural for the box to have a high temperature. With that being said, make sure that your loved ones won’t touch it while you’re grilling. In case of an emergency, make sure that you have a first aid kit for burns. In worst case scenario, call the doctor right away.


6. Now, remember that bacteria can grow in raw meat or raw food at any temperature rate just as long as it’s above freezing point. With that being said, only take your food out of the fridge when you’re ready to grill it. Also, raw meat is very attractive to flies so keep the food covered.  You surely do not want anyone from getting food poisoned because of bacteria, right?


Just follow these barbecue safety tips for a memorable and accident-free backyard cookout. Visit our website for delicious bbq recipes and instructions on how do you roast a pig. For the most delectable grilled dishes, don’t forget to use the best barbecue grills, bbq smokers and barbecue accessories! Call us now at 1-800-338-1323!


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