Happy BBQing!

The weather is finally warming up around here! It’s getting to be that time of year when we can cook and eat outside again.  To get you ready for the weekend, we have a few food safety tips and a fantastic recipe! Enjoy the weather and your BBQ!

  1. Wash your hands, often and completely! It’s a simple step, but so important when handling food and raw meat especially.
  2. Keep raw and cooked food separate. Prevent the spread of food borne illness by making sure that a harmful bacterium does not contaminate your meal.  Wash your hand thoroughly after handling raw meat and keep utensils separated.
  3. Cook food thoroughly. Grills may differ in heating temperature; use this as a gauge as opposed to cooking your food for a specific amount of time. Use a food thermometer to make sure your burgers are done all the way cooked!
  4. When you are done at the grill, the work isn’t over! Make sure you quickly transfer food to the refrigerator to keep your leftovers safe.  Enjoy them the next day knowing that you prepared them properly the night before.

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To get you started on your weekend cooking, here’s a great BBQ sauce recipe from http://www.seriouseats.com/!

Basic BBQ Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of your favorite barbecue rub
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Procedures

Combine all of the ingredients in a nonreactive saucepan and slowly bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and gently simmer until dark, thick, and richly flavored, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a clean jar and store in the refrigerator. It will keep for several months.