I Love to BBQ All Year Round! 9 Safety Tips For Outdoor Barbecuing!

Outdoor barbecuing, has always been big in our family, living in beautiful, sunny California, we barbecue all the time all year round!! My nose can lead me to anything cooking on the grill, oh yes I love it that much!! There is nothing like the aroma of meat roasted by live fire, accompanied with the savory scent of barbecue sauces and marinades, yum! Getting hungry?? The BBQ has been around since before time,..lol, and today we do it the same way as our ancestors did, with the exception of a few modernized cooking tools. When I BBQ and cook, I use only French’s sauces & marinades. My meats, poultry and veggies always cooks to perfection!

I Love to BBQ All Year Round! 9 Safety Tips For Outdoor Barbecuing!

I Love to BBQ All Year Round! 9 Safety Tips For Outdoor Barbecuing,

Instructions-Grills, gas or charcoal, and smokers all have very specific ranges of operation read the manual and follow all the safety restrictions. You need to know these before you even start to BBQ

Location—Important because location is everything when it comes to placing your grill or smoker. Every year hundreds of people cause fires to their houses, garages and patios because they didn’t put their grill or smoker in the correct location. You can also refer to your manual for placing your BBQ, smoker etc.. in the right place.

Fire-Remember you are inviting the most destructive force in the universe into your backyard for a cookout. First thing you need is a fire extinguisher. Next you need to know your fire and know how to control it. Every year grills and smokers cause thousands of fires, hundreds of injuries, dozens of deaths and millions of dollars in damage. You need to know how to cut fuel supplies, extinguish fires and call the fire department. Always have one person in charge of the fire at all times, a fire marshal if you will. You should also know something about treating burns.

Smoke- Smoke gets in your hair, clothes, eyes, and lungs. While a big part of the cookout experience is the smoke, you need to be careful with smoke. Smoke from your grill or smoker contains carbon monoxide, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH), and other dangerous substances. PAH are cancer causing substances that are formed when grease burns. As much as we all love the smell of the smoke from our outdoor cooking it is best to let it get away without breathing it in. So enjoy the smell from a distance and remember that the younger you are when you are exposed to this stuff the worse the outcome.

Gas Safety- The number one cause of gas grill fires is an obstruction in the path of the fuel. This largely takes place, behind, underneath or inside your grill where you do not look. This means you need to regularly inspect your gas grill for problems. Bugs and other critters can climb into little places causing gas to flow where it shouldn’t. At the first sign of problems turn off your control values, turn off the fuel tank, and disconnect everything. Gas grills produce a great deal of heat that can melt through hoses, knobs and other parts. Assume everything is third degree burn hot.

Charcoal Safety- Charcoal grills are the cause of far more fires that gas grill. The number one problem with charcoal grill is lighting the charcoal. Lighter fluid causes all kinds of problems and you should really find a better way to light your coals. What really burns the hair off your face is adding lighter fluid to hot coals. Lighter fluid turns to a heavy gas at a relatively low temperature. While liquid lighter fluid burns, evaporated (gaseous) lighter fluid explodes. Flow the instructions exactly and don’t ever let lighting charcoal become a game.

Grease- Flare-ups are more than a nuisance, they are potentially lethal. Grease that collects in your grill builds up over time. Grease that collects in your grill builds up over time. It is easy to get several pounds of grease in the bottom of your grill after only a few cookouts. This is why you need to keep your grill clean. A clean grill is a safer grill whether it is gas or charcoal. Also, smokers are not exempt from this problem as I have seen many uncontrollable grease fires in smokers. So no matter what you use, get the grease out. 

Alcohol-After reading the nine above you really shouldn’t have to ask. Grilling and smoking require some clear thinking, especially when it’s time to pull it all together. Please, keep a clear head and save that drink for after the fire is out and someone else is dealing with the dishes.

Food Safety-Bacteria eats every kind of food you can think of, even Brussel sprouts. It grows at any temperature above freezing and stays alive until that temperature hits around 165 degrees F. Every second you give it between these two temperatures it is multiplying and causing disease in your food. So, until it goes in to your mouth or on the grill, it needs to be kept cool. The second you are done serving it up, it goes back in the refrigerator. The basic rules are: Suspect Everything, Keep it Covered, Keep it Cool, Get it Hot!, and Use your Head. Remember you are more likely to get food poisoning than you are to get the flu. Be the king of your grill!!


You know your BBQ is off the charts when people are coming up & grabbing a quick taste straight off the grill, they’re eating with their fingers, no plates or napkins and their faces are covered with sauces. The “Don’t play with your food” rule doesn’t apply when you’re eating barbecue. If you don’t get it all over you, you’re not doing it right! Having the right cooking gear plays a major role in your Barbecuing success, this is why I love the grill set French’s sent me to review, it is so awesome! check it out,

This set is so nice, I almost don’t want to use it, and it definitely comes in handy for grilling! I really like the chrome case that makes traveling with this bad boy easy!! I can take it anywhere, park, beach, camping, and be BBQ ready at a moments notice, too cool!! I would honestly be lost without French’s. My daughter & her family now use French’s for all their food topping desires!! One of my many favorites are their infuser’s

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  1. says

    Thanks for the reminders on safety when barbecuing. Sometimes we are so excited to be grilling again (especially here in CT) that we forget or skip over the safety rules. I particularly like the idea of French’s sauces and marinades. After all these years of just basic BBQ, a lot of us are stepping out into different, more sophisticated flavor for our grilled creations.

  2. lisa says

    That was a good article. Full of useful tips. We BBQ year round.Not so often in the winter. Food just tastes better cooked outdoors.

  3. Alison Gibb says

    Reading this review makes me look forward to the summer! I cant wait to to BBQ again!


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