Grilling season is finally upon us and we at Belmont want to make sure that everyone has a safe, happy and healthy summer season. The proper cooking of protein on a grill is essential, so we’ve assembled some tips to ensure that your BBQ guests will fully enjoy your grilling extravaganzas.
- Warm weather temperatures mean that your grilling items should be kept cool prior to your event – an insulated cooler with frozen ice packs should do the trick. Be sure to keep your cooler out of the sun – best to find a shady area so it keeps your food cooler longer.
- Burgers are one of the most popular grilled treats for summer. To ensure that a ground burger is fully cooked, the internal temperature should be a safe minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
A thermometer should be placed into the side of the burger rather than the top to ensure an accurate reading. Avoid looking at the colour of a burger to determine if it’s cooked – pigments in burgers can vary greatly so this not a reliable method.
- Beef and other whole muscle proteins, such as pork, lamb and veal are fantastic on a BBQ grill. These delicious options should be cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees F. with a three-minute rest time. Poultry requires a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
- All of your favourite BBQ cooking utensils such as flippers, tongs and spatula’s should be clean and fresh prior to cooking and should not be reused if they’ve touched raw meat. Brushes should be cleaned especially well due to the tiny crevasses that food may get into.
- Our 5th tip is the most important of all. Be sure to enjoy all the delicious food offerings that BBQ season has to offer and share it with family and friends whenever possible.
We hope these simple but critical tips will keep all your get-togethers, pool parties and celebrations in good form and your guests coming back for more. Enjoy the summer!
Director of Business Development & Culinary Expert
Belmont Meat Products Ltd.
Source – Food Safety News – foodsafetynews.com