The Aussie Day Barbecue Tips

Yes, these barbecue tips should have been posted before today. But better late than never… right?

Most Australian’s see the barbecue as an Aussie Day tradition. The first settlers had to light fires and cook their food over an open fire when they landed and it’s a tradition that’s stayed with us ever since. The act of barbecue has changed over the times so how do we keep ourselves safe with this act?

  1. Heat up the BBQ! Make sure the barbecue is pre-heated. The meat should sear once it drops onto the plate. The eat will also kill the bacteria and it also helps with pre-cooking cleaning if that’s needed. For most cookers, it would need 15-25 minutes for the barbecue to be heat ready.

  2. Brush-off. Once the grill is heated, make sure there are no residues of the previous cooking session.

  3. New cooking equipment! Avoid cross-contamination by using separate cutting boards, utensils and platters for raw and cooked foods; refrigerate foods while marinating and never baste with the marinating liquid.

  4. Time is of the essence. Make sure the meat is thoroughly cooked! If you do not have a meat thermometer, hold your open palm about 12cm above the grill rack; the fire is high if you have to move your hand in two seconds, medium if you have to move your hand in five seconds and low if you have to move your hand in 10 seconds.

Were there points that might not be done yesterday? How can you change your barbecue habits so that the nest party will be more food safe?

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