Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes the sizzle of the grill, the aroma of barbecue, and the joy of outdoor dining. However, not everyone is an expert when it comes to barbecuing, and some mistakes can quickly ruin the experience. In this blog post, we’ll cover the seven common mistakes you should avoid making when using a BBQ.


Don’t Forget TO Clean Your BBQ

A close-up picture of a BBQ grill being cleaned.

The first and perhaps most crucial mistake to avoid when using a BBQ is not cleaning it properly. Grills accumulate grease and food debris over time, which can become a fire hazard and affect the taste of your food. Therefore, it’s essential to clean your grill thoroughly before and after each use.


You can clean your grill using a wire brush or scraper to remove any food debris and ash. For tougher stains, use a grill cleaner or a solution of warm water and soap. Don’t forget to clean the grates, burners, and drip pan as well. A clean grill not only ensures the safety of your food but also prolongs the life of your BBQ.


Don’t Squirt Water On Your BBQ

Some people make the mistake of squirting water on their BBQ to control flare-ups or put out the flames (bad idea). This is not only ineffective but also extremely dangerous. Water can cause a sudden flare-up, which can result in burns or a fire. Instead of using water simply cover the grill with the lid to cut off the oxygen supply, if the flare-ups are getting a bit too much.


Don’t Use Lighter Fluid On Your BBQ

A picture of lighter fluid being poured on a BBQ grill.


Using lighter fluid or other accelerants to start a fire is a common mistake that can lead to dangerous flare-ups or explosions. Instead, try using some organic fire lighters or an instant fire log to ignite the coals. These methods are safer and more efficient than using lighter fluid as they not only spare your taste buds from harmful chemicals, they are usually less toxic for yourself and the environment.


If you must use lighter fluid, follow the instructions carefully and use it sparingly. Do not squirt it directly on the coals, and never add it to an already lit fire. Also, make sure to keep the lighter fluid away from children and pets.


Don’t Forget To Pre-heat Your BBQ

Preheating your BBQ grill is essential for cooking food evenly and preventing sticking. A preheated grill also helps to sear the food and locks in the juices, giving it a crispy and flavorful crust. 


Preheat your BBQ for at least 10-15 minutes before cooking, and make sure the temperature is at the desired level before adding the food, for maximum flavour enjoyment!


Don’t Leave The BBQ Grill Unattended

An unattended BBQ grill.

Never leave your BBQ unattended, especially if you have children or pets around. It only takes a few seconds for a fire to start or for the food to burn. Stay close to the grill, and keep a close eye on the food while it’s cooking. Also, keep a fire extinguisher or a bucket of sand nearby in case of emergency.


Don’t Spread The Charcoals Too Early

A picture of charcoal burning.


Another common mistake is spreading the charcoals too early. Charcoals need time to heat up and reach the desired temperature before they’re spread out for cooking. Otherwise, the food will cook unevenly, and you’ll end up with raw or burnt spots. Instead, wait until the coals are glowing red and covered with a thin layer of ash (giving a grey colour)  before spreading them out.


Don’t BBQ With The Lid Open

A picture of a BBQ with the lid left open.


Finally, don’t make the mistake of cooking with the lid open. The lid helps to trap the heat and smoke, creating an oven-like environment that cooks the food evenly and infuses it with a smoky flavour from any BBQ wood chips that might have been added. Leaving the lid open can also cause flare-ups and make the food dry out faster. Therefore, always cook with the lid closed, and only open it briefly to flip the food or check for doneness.


Barbecuing can be a fun and delicious way to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family, but it’s essential to take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety and the quality of your food. By avoiding these common BBQ mistakes, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a pro at barbecuing.


Remember to clean your grill, avoid squirting water or using lighter fluid, preheat your BBQ, stay close to the grill, wait to spread the coals, and cook with the lid closed. With these tips in mind, you can enjoy a stress-free and tasty barbecuing experience this summer. Happy grilling!


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