​ BBQ Grills and Food Safety – Keeping Your Family Safe

There are some simple but important precautions you must take when cooking on BBQ grills to ensure the safety of those eating your foods.

First things first. Handling Meat Properly

The first food safety precaution for cooking with BBQ grills is to start right from the beginning.

When you go to the store to buy meats make sure that you place them in separate plastic bags.

Also, place the meats in a separate place in your shopping cart. Then, as soon as you are home place meats you will use within 1-2 days in the refrigerator and all others in the freezer.

The Big Thaw

A second food safety precaution for cooking with BBQ grills is to use safe thawing procedures. For slow, even thawing place your meat in the refrigerator or you can put the sealed package of meat in cold water.

If you need to thaw your meat fast, then you can use the defrost setting on your microwave as long as the meat will be placed on BBQ grills directly after thawing.

Marinate In The Fridge

Another food safety precaution for cooking with these tools is to use safe marinating procedures. When you marinate something, you are soaking your food in a savory sauce to tenderize it and to give it flavor.

Foods should be marinated in the refrigerator before hitting BBQ grills. Marinating meats on the counter will attract harmful bacteria.


The final food safety precaution for cooking with BBQ grills is to pack your foods right. If you have to transport the meats you are going to use to a different location, make sure you have an insulated cooler.

Pack your cooler with plenty of ice so that the meats stay at a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less. Then, when you reach your destination and before the BBQ grills are ready for the meats, place them in the refrigerator.

If you are transporting the food you have already prepared, make sure you have something to keep the food hot. If you are going to be transporting the prepared foods a long distance, then refrigerate it prior to transporting it and then keep it cold in your cooler. Transporting the foods you plan to prepare on this cooking implement or that you have already prepared appropriately will prevent any food poisoning risks from happening.


If you follow the food safety precautions for cooking on BBQ grills, then you will have created an enjoyable grilling experience for yourself and also for those eating the foods you have prepared. The food safety precautions are in place to keep from starting any kind of food poisoning issues. All those eating the foods from your BBQ grills will thank you.

by Tracy Hollander on 10th Jul 2017
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