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Barbecue Tips from Reynolds Kitchens Experts

Updated on June 8, 2008

With back yard barbecue season right around the corner, I was really excited to have an opportunity to ask some questions of Reynolds Kitchens home economists Betty Morton and Pat Schweitzer.

Pat and Betty were happy to share the following tips and suggestions with the HubPages community:

What types of foods are most popular among fans of backyard barbecue?

Proteins such as beef and chicken are still barbecue favorites. Making D-I-Y grill pans or foil packets out of heavy duty aluminum foil, however, is an easy way to prepare vegetables and side dishes at the grill as well.

What tips suggestions do you have for those planning to enjoy backyard barbecues during the warm months?

Keep safety in mind as temperatures peak in the summer months. Plan to have extra water and drinks on hand to keep everyone well hydrated. If the temperature is 90 degrees or higher, dispose of any perishable foods that have been left out for more than one hour.

Do you have any advice to help barbecue fans avoid problems with overcooking meats on the grill?

A few tips for perfectly cooked meat include:

  • Set the flame only as high as you need it and consider using indirect heat when appropriate.
  • Cook delicate meats and fish in a foil packet to seal in flavor and juices. Add a cube of ice or frozen stock for extra moisture.
  • Use a quick-read meat thermometer to check the temperature.
  • And, as always, keep an eye on the clock.

What products do you feel are must-have staples for backyard barbecue enthusiasts?

Every grilling enthusiast can benefit from having a few staple items: a roll of your favorite type of Reynolds Wrap Non-Stick Foil, a good set of grilling tools -- including a fork, tongs and a spatula -- a meat thermometer and a sense of adventure to try new recipes.

What would you say are the biggest safety considerations for backyard barbecue enthusiasts to observe?

Safety is a key concern for every barbecue. Safety starts by making sure you know how to properly operate your grilling equipment and being certain that any emergency equipment you might need is at your fingertips before you fire up the grill. Make sure the area where the grill is located has proper ventilation. Ensure the grill is positioned well away from materials likely to catch fire.

It's also vital to follow proper food safety procedures. Make sure that perishables are properly stored, and follow recommended cooking temperature guidelines for all foods. Don't re-use dishes or utensils that have held raw food. This is important to avoid cross contamination problems. Place cooked items on clean plates that were not used during food preparation.


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    Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

    Food safety too! Excellent! Great Hub! The BBQ sauce and reapplying it - very tedious - I really must work on my patience.

    Thank you for sharing.

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    Angela Harris 9 years ago from Around the USA

    An interview, I bet that was fun. My kids just went camping and had very little room to take everything. I let them know about the handy camping trick to take a roll of aluminum foil to use for pots on a fire. They thought I was a genius!

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    Gems4friends 9 years ago from Spokane, WA

    Nice hub. I especially like the "add an ice cube..." tip. I';m certainly going to use it for our next BBQ.