Basic Grill Tips

  1. Always grill in a well-ventilated area away from shrubs, buildings and overhangs such as awnings or patio umbrellas.
  2. Never leave a lighted grill unattended.
  3. Keep young children and animals away from the grill.
  4. Wait until the charcoals begin to turn white before you start to grill (approximately 40 minutes).
  5. Never use kerosene or gasoline to start a charcoal fire in the grill. Avoid using chemical starters or chemically treated briquettes as well, as they will affect the taste of your food.
  6. To start a fire, pile the briquettes in a pyramid shape. Once hot, however, they may be distributed in a single layer across the grill.
  7. Place the rack of the grill at least five inches above the coals.
  8. Always have a pair of fire-resistant cooking mitts handy, and use long-handled tongs while cooking.
  9. Fire flare-ups can be avoided by raising the height of the grill rack or closing the vents of a covered grill. A spray bottle filled with water is also helpful to have around. Gas- or electric-grill flare-ups can be controlled by lowering the heat thermostat.
  10. To make a charcoal grill hotter, either move the coals together, open the grill vents partially if closed, lower the height of the grill rack or add more dry briquettes to the fire. Never add briquettes that are precoated with a fire-starter fluid to the existing hot coals.
  11. Try not to turn fish fillets on the grill more than once, as they are delicate and may fall apart.
  12. Most important, don't be afraid, and have fun while you're grilling. You will be a pro by summer's end.

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