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National Grilling Month




July is National Grilling Month
 
July is a natural month to focus on grilling. The 4th of July is synonymous with grilling and every weekend the smell of cook-outs fills the air.  It’s easy, it lends itself beautifully to get-togethers and lets you stay outside.  So you're fond of grilling, and more importantly eating different savory foods like meat and poultry, you should make sure you have proper safe grilling habits.

Below, you'll find some grilling safety tips and grilling recipes that will help you get through the summer!

Safety Tips
The National Fire Protection Agency reports that about 1,000 structure fires and 3,400 outdoor fires were caused by barbecue grills in one recent year. It’s important to realize that safe grilling begins before the cooking starts.


With gas grills, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line to be sure it is working properly and not leaking. If you suspect a leak, put soapy water on the area and watch for bubbles to discover where it is. Never use a match to check for a gas leak, and never light the grill until the leak is fixed.
 
Position any grill on a level surface that is at least three feet away from other objects, including the house and shrubs or bushes. Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.  When you are ready to barbecue, protect yourself with a heavy apron and oven mitts that fit well over your forearm. When the party is over, store the grill outside and away from the house. Make sure the valves are turned off.
 
For charcoal grills, use only starter fluids designed for that purpose. Never use gasoline. If the fire is slow, add dry kindling. Don’t add more liquid starter or you could cause a flash fire. Remember to soak the coals with water before you put them in the trash.
 
Never use a barbecue grill indoors or in an unventilated space.  It’s a fire hazard and could cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
 
And now, since you know what you need to do to be safe, grill to your heart’s content.

Grilling Recipes
Can you smell the freshly cut grass and feel the warm sun on your skin? Can you hear the ice cream trucks off in the distance? With July being National Grilling Month, there’s no better time than now to light up your grill!

Beef Grilling
The best part, is you can choose from plenty of quick and easy grilling recipes from the beef checkoff’s comprehensive grill guide. These dishes are sure to transform your family’s meal-time, into summer-time.
 
After a long day in the sun or a day in the office, make a tasty and healthy meal like one of these:
 Caribbean Beef Burgers with Mango Salsa
• Quick Beef Fajitas with Pico de Gallo 
• Calypso Beef Burgers 
• Red, White and Beef Salad
 
The beef checkoff’s easy, three-step approach to grilling will help you to create delicious summer meals. From burgers to kabobs, we understand your need to grill up perfect meals for entertaining or just a simple, yet tasty, meal for everyone to enjoy.
 
For more information and tips on grilling, as well as hundreds of delicious beef recipes, visit the checkoff-funded BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com. While you’re there, don’t forget to visit our new Interactive Meat Case, a consumer-friendly tool we just launched to help cut down on the confusion at the meat case.
 
Chicken Recipes
From simple chicken sandwiches to quick and easy chicken kabobs, these flavorful chicken recipes are great for weeknight suppers or weekend cookouts. 
 
From wings to drumsticks, learn how to grill various cuts of chicken to perfection in just a few easy steps.

Step 1: Butterfly the Chicken: Remove chicken from packaging and pat dry with paper towels. Butterflying the chicken makes it easier to cook a whole chicken on the grill. Kitchen or poultry shears are the best tool for the job. Make a cut about 1-1/2 inches apart on both sides of the backbone, cutting all the way down, and remove backbone. Turn chicken breast-side up. Open the two sides of the chicken as if you were opening a book and lay it flat. Break breastbone by firmly applying pressure and pressing down. Tuck wing tips under upper wings.

Step 2: Prepare the grill: Prepare grill for indirect grilling. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above the pan. For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Brush chicken with olive oil. Season chicken on both sides with salt and black pepper. Place skin-side down on center of grill over indirect medium heat.
 
Step 3: Grill the chicken: Cover and grill for 25 minutes. Turn chicken over. Cover and grill for 25 to 30 minutes more or until juices run clear and an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh registers 180 degrees F. Remove chicken from grill and let rest for 10 minutes. Carve chicken to serve.
 

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