Barbecue Safety

Hopefully (at least for some of the time!) we should have some beautiful weather which will allow us to cook outside on our barbecues. It wouldn't be summer without having a barbecue or two!!


Barbecue Safety

We have listed below some handy barbecue safety tips - have a read through to see if there's anything to help you make your barbecue safer.

  • Make sure you place your barbecue on flat ground and away from anything which could catch fire.
  • Have a bucket of water handy in case of accidents.
  • Defrost food thoroughly in the fridge before cooking on the barbecue.
  • Do not put cooked food on the same plate as raw food or on a plate which has been used for raw food.
  • To be on the safe side, if you are cooking large pieces of meat or meat with bones in, it may be safer to cook them in the oven or microwave them first and then finish them off on the barbecue.
  • Use a food thermometer to ensure meat is thoroughly cooked through.
  • Keep food in the fridge until you are just about to barbecue them.
  • Lightly brush food with olive oil before barbecuing as it will stop the food from drying out and seals in the juices.
  • Marinade food for a few hours or overnight as this will ensure the optimum taste.
  • Make sure you keep children away from the barbecue when cooking - they could easily trip and fall on to the barbecue.
  • Also keep an eye on pets as they could jump on to the barbecue or knock it over.
  • Don't start barbecuing until the coals have turned grey and there are no visible flames.
  • Don't ever be tempted to use a liquid fuel to help start the barbecue - just be patient and let it heat up in it's own time.  If you do put liquid fuel on the barbecue your food will taste of chemicals.
  • Eat cooked food as soon as possible or put in the fridge when cool enough.
  • Never try to move a barbecue once it has been lit. 
  • When you have finished using your barbecue make sure that it is put out properly with either water or sand.
  • Don't put any of the charcoal into a bin until it is fully cooled.


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