Grilling without Burning Your Food and Home!

Beef and Corn on a Charcoal BBQ grill

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Ok.. so… I just wrote a blog on keeping your home cool on the inside to cut your utility bill.  Grilling outside to avoid using your oven is certainly a great way to reduce the internal heat in your home.  Well, the comments received from that post gave me a bright idea and one that you’ll find helpful, I hope.

Take my word for it, I’m no pro at grilling and rarely do I touch the grill.  I give my wonderful husband, Danny, all the credit for cooking on the grill to perfection.  He does an amazing job!  I’m more of an indoors person when nature’s thermometer is over 80 degrees. No heat or flies for me!

Anyway, here are a few tips.  Feel free to add any to the list!

  • Always keep a spray bottle handy.  If there are flare-ups you can immediately get to it by putting out the fire quickly.
  • Vegetables and fruits cook a lot faster than meat so remember to put them on later to keep them crunchy and fresh until when it’s time to serve.
  • The cut of the meat is also important.  Obviously, the smaller the cut the faster it will cook.  Thinner cut meats will also facilitate faster cooking.
  • If you’re going to add sauces to your food, try to do so later in the game.  Sauces that contain brown sugar tends to burn very quickly!
  • Remember that the other side of the burger or the meat cooks faster than the first side. Therefore, it’s important to shorten the cooking time of the other side to avoid burning.
  • Make sure you grill a good, reasonable distance away from your home.
  • Grilling in grass is probably not a good idea!  Avoid grilling near straw as well.
  • Ok.. here’s a great tip for your safety:  Do not wear loose clothing or aprons for obvious reasons. 😦  A good way to keep your garments protected from going aflame is by using long utensils.
Of course there are lots of more tips to keep your food, your home, and yourself safe during grilling season.  These are just a few…  Feel free to add to this list.  Hope you’ve found it helpful.

About Kecia Thurman Bland

Kecia Bland is a professional full-time licensed NC Real Estate Broker (since 2008) focused on providing excellent customer service and expertise for those interested in buying and selling real estate in the Greater Raleighs areas- the Triangle area, and surrounding counties- Wake, Durham, Johnston, Chatham, Franklin, and Granville. Kecia provides her clients with a pleasurable and smart real estate experience. View all posts by Kecia Thurman Bland

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