Sticky Fingers Offers Grilling Tips as Barbecue Season Heats Up | Restaurants

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Sticky Fingers Offers Grilling Tips as Barbecue Season Heats Up
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May is National Barbecue Month, so dust off your grill and put on your apron. With Memorial Day being the traditional start of grilling season, Sticky Fingers wants to help you and your grill get ready.

A poll by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) finds that 70 percent of Americans say that they prefer cooking out over eating out to save money. In the same poll, 64 percent of adults say a barbecue is a better way to spend quality time with their friends or relatives. More poll results can be found at www.hpba.org.

Sticky Fingers is offering tips to help make your grilling experience enjoyable, as well as ways to keep you and your family safe.

Sticky Fingers Tips for Grilling

  1. Select high quality cuts of ribs, pork or chicken.
  2. Preheat grill for 10 to 15 minutes with lid down and burners set on high.
  3. Cook on clean grates to ensure food doesn’t absorb unwelcome flavors. Scrape hot grates clean with a grill brush.
  4. Experiment a little - different woods leave different flavors; we like hickory best.
  5. Brush with your favorite barbecue sauce in the last 10 to 15 minutes of cooking for lasting flavor.

Food and Grilling Safety Tips

Safety precautions are essential even for the most experienced chefs. Outdoor cooking is typically a laid-back process, so it's easy to overlook basic food safety steps.

  1. Put food away quickly after grocery shopping. Never leave food in a hot car or trunk.
  2. Separate meat from other foods.
  3. Thaw frozen foods in fridge or use a microwave and cook immediately. Never defrost at room temperature.
  4. Marinate meats in fridge, not at room temperature. Use sealed plastic bags or a glass dish with cover, and don’t reuse a marinade.  Any liquid that has touched uncooked meat must be brought to a boil before serving.
  5. Don't cross-contaminate. Wash hands often. Keep counters and work surfaces clean. Use separate, clean plates and utensils for raw, cooked, and ready-to-eat foods.
  6. Before cooking, make sure grills are at least three feet away from the sides of houses and any overhangs.
  7. Use long-handled barbecue utensils to avoid burns and splatters.
  8. Cook meat thoroughly. Check internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer. Don't rely on color to determine if it’s ready to eat.
  9. Put leftovers in fridge or freezer within two hours of cooking, sooner in hot weather.
  10. Use baking soda to control a grease fire. Keep a fire extinguisher handy.

HPBA’s poll also found 62 percent of people use rubs or marinades to make grilling even easier. Sticky Fingers offers five barbecue sauces and a dry rub sure to please your palate. For more information on Sticky Fingers’ sauces and dry rub visit www.stickyfingers.com.

 

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