Mark Robson with the Big BBQ and Grill Show for Summer 2023 – HGG570

Mark Robson joins me this week. On the program, we talk about how to get your grills ready for the summer months and Mark shares some mouth-watering pictures of his latest culinary creations. Be warned, listening to this show on an empty stomach may cause intense hunger pangs. Thanks for listening!


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Show Segments:

[00:01:26] Coffee preferences.
[00:04:12] Barbecue for 7 years.
[00:09:45] Grilling becoming increasingly expensive.
[00:10:32] Spring grill cleaning tips.
[00:14:31] Cleaning a grill with mice.
[00:18:50] Grill technology plateaued.
[00:21:01] Grilling tools and accessories.
[00:24:37] BBQ maintenance tips.
[00:28:23] The rise of expensive grills.
[00:31:00] Electric power grills.
[00:34:22] Whole hog pulled pork.
[00:39:01] Freezing and storing pulled pork.
[00:43:32] Making beef jerky at home.
[00:44:31] Homemade smoked jerky and cheese.
[00:47:57] Vacuum Sealing for Sous Vide.
[00:51:08] Cooked bacon in a bag.
[00:54:15] Tacos al pastor.
[00:57:49] Grilling corn creatively.
[01:01:29] Baloney taste test.
[01:04:40] Grinding meat tips.
[01:07:53] Beef bacon and brisket leftovers.
[01:11:28] Barbecue cooking tips.
[01:14:37] Delicious bacon cravings.
[01:16:55] Star Wars-themed next week.

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Grilling and barbecuing are some of the most popular ways to cook food, especially during the summer months. It’s a fun and tasty way to spend time with family and friends, but it’s important to practice safe grilling and BBQ techniques to prevent accidents and injuries. In this article, we’ll discuss some tips and tricks for grill and BBQ safety for the average consumer.

Grilling and barbecuing are fun and tasty ways to cook food, but it’s important to practice safe techniques to prevent accidents and injuries. By following these tips and tricks, you can enjoy your grill or smoker while keeping yourself and others safe.

Check Your Equipment
Before you start grilling or barbecuing, it’s important to check your equipment. Make sure your grill or smoker is in good working condition and that all the parts are functioning properly. Inspect your propane tank or charcoal grill for any damage or leaks. You should also clean your grill grates and any other surfaces that will come into contact with food to prevent bacteria buildup.

Keep Your Grill or BBQ Away from Flammable Objects
Grills and smokers should be placed away from any flammable objects, such as trees, shrubs, or buildings. This is especially important when using a charcoal grill or smoker, as they produce more smoke and sparks than gas grills. You should also avoid using your grill or smoker in a covered area, such as a garage or porch, as this can increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Always Supervise Your Grill or BBQ
Never leave your grill or smoker unattended, especially when there are children or pets around. You should always keep an eye on the grill or smoker and make sure that it’s being used properly. This will prevent accidents, such as fires or burns, from occurring.

Use the Right Tools and Accessories
Using the right tools and accessories can make grilling and barbecuing easier and safer. Long-handled tongs and spatulas can help you avoid getting too close to the heat, while oven mitts or gloves can protect your hands from burns. You should also use a meat thermometer to ensure that your food is cooked to the proper temperature, which can prevent foodborne illnesses.

Don’t Overload Your Grill or BBQ
Overloading your grill or smoker can increase the risk of accidents and injuries. You should only cook as much food as your grill or smoker can handle, and make sure that there is enough space between each piece of food. This will help to prevent flare-ups, which can cause burns or fires.

Keep a Fire Extinguisher or Water Hose Nearby
You should always have a fire extinguisher or water hose nearby when grilling or barbecuing. This will allow you to quickly put out any fires that may occur. Make sure that everyone who is using the grill or smoker knows where the fire extinguisher or water hose is located.

Properly Dispose of Hot Coals
If you’re using a charcoal grill or smoker, you should properly dispose of the hot coals. Let the coals cool down completely before disposing of them in a metal container. Never dispose of hot coals in a plastic or paper bag, as this can start a fire.

Clean Your Grill or BBQ After Each Use
Cleaning your grill or smoker after each use can prevent bacteria buildup and prolong the life of your equipment. After cooking, let your grill or smoker cool down before cleaning it. Use a wire brush to remove any food debris or residue from the grates, and clean the interior with a mild soap and water.

If you’re interested in learning more about grill and BBQ safety, there are plenty of resources available online. Here are some useful links that can help you stay safe while cooking outdoors:

National Fire Protection Association: The NFPA offers a wide range of resources and tips for grill and BBQ safety. Their website includes information on grill maintenance, propane safety, and more.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: The CPSC has a section on their website dedicated to grilling and BBQ safety. Here, you can find tips on grill placement, propane tank safety, and more.

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service: The USDA FSIS offers food safety tips for grilling and barbecuing. This includes information on safe cooking temperatures for various types of meat, as well as tips for storing and handling food safely.

Weber: Weber is a popular brand of grills and smokers, and their website includes a section on grill safety. Here, you can find information on how to check for gas leaks, how to properly dispose of hot coals, and more.

Traeger Grills: Traeger is another popular brand of grills and smokers, and their website includes a section on safety tips. This includes information on how to properly handle pellets, how to clean your grill, and more.

By following these tips and using these resources, you can enjoy grilling and barbecuing safely and responsibly. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-time griller, it’s important to prioritize safety when cooking outdoors.


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