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May 21, 2020

Hey Everyone!

Monday is Memorial Day, and while it is a time to be grateful to those who gave their lives to the service, what many Americans will be doing today is barbecuing, or grilling out, if you prefer.

Technically, to barbecue means to slow-cook meat at a low temperature for a long time over wood or charcoal. What most people do in their back yards is more commonly referred to as grilling.

So let's look at a few simple grilling tips to help us get the most out of this very American and very delicious activity.

Handy Hints Holly

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Today's Hints:

If you are using a tomato and/or sugar based BBQ sauce you should not be adding it until the end of the grilling process. These products tend to burn easily and are not considered an internal meat flavoring.

When roasting or grilling with a BBQ pit closed, open a can of beer and place the beer over the hottest part of the fire. The beer will boil and super saturate the air inside the pit with water vapor, beer flavors and alcohol. This will help in keeping the roasting meats moist, while adding flavor to the meat. YUM!

Whenever barbecuing, use tongs to turn the meat. A fork should never be used as it will punch holes in the meat and allow the natural juices to escape, causing the meat to lose flavor and become chewy. Flip never poke :)

Invest in a meat thermometer. While you can pay as much as 20 to 100 dollars for fancy, wireless, digital thermometer, really all you need is the $5 model that you can buy at any grocery store. With a meat thermometer you won't have to guess about whether your chicken, steaks or pork chops are done and you'll never serve yourself or your guests underdone food!

Looking for a surefire way to make sure your steak, chicken and potatoes are prefectly done? Grill Bags are the non-stick BBQ grilling pouches that can evenly cook a variety of foods on the grill or in the oven. Get 2 Grill Bags for just $5.99.

'Go Green' Hint:

Choose Local and Seasonal Produce

It's no coincidence that BBQ season coincides with the time many locally grown fruits and vegetables are at their best. Local produce typically means fewer chemicals were used to grow and preserve foods, and since it doesn't have to travel long distances, less energy is consumed in transporting them.