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Five Solutions to Common BBQ Disasters

One of the best parts of summer is outdoor barbecues. Grilling up some delicious steaks and burgers, enjoying cool drinks and hanging out outside are some of the luxuries we can enjoy in the warm weather.

However, with an open flame on a grill and a hungry group of guests, outdoor parties can quickly go downhill. Luckily, poising your guests, running out of fuel, and other BBQ disasters are easily preventable. Before firing up our grill, here are 5 things you need to know to keep disaster at bay.

1.Check the Heat. Not everything needs to be cooked on the highest flame. If you are cooking a well-done burger, turn the heat down. Slower cooking allows for the meat to cook without creating an over charred burger crust. 

2.Good vs. Bad Flare-ups. Grilling anything with a fat cap or marbling will cause the fat to drip and create a good flare up that results in a great tasting cut of meat. Contrary, drips from BBQ sauce, oily or sugary marinades will cause bad flare ups,  and spoil the taste of your foods. 

3.Check Your Gas. If you are hosting a big party, buy an extra tank of propane. There is nothing worse than getting halfway through the grilling to find that your gas has run out.

4.Know Your Temperatures. Serving under-cooked meat can only lead to disaster. Invest in a cooking thermometer and check the temperature before you serve to avoid food poisoning. 

5.Serve it Fresh. Keep hot foods hot by placing them on the cooler side of the grill until you are ready to serve them, and cold foods on ice or in the fridge until you are ready to serve them.  

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