By Zak Larsen
Summer time is upon us and grilling season is in full swing! I am a huge fan of grilling out in the summer and my family tends to buy chicken, pork, and beef in bulk during the summer in order to keep the house stocked for a good grillout on the weekends.
While grilling is a lot of fun and you can obviously make some delicious food it’s important to remain safe while doing so. Here are a few tips to remain safe while grilling:
- Whether you are using a charcoal or propane grill they both still use an open flame and are a source of intense heat. Be sure to keep your grill a safe distance from your home and any canopies or brush you may have around the patio/driveway.
- If you are using a propane grill be sure to keep your propane tank closed when not in use and make sure that any old tanks are traded in for a newer tank with a better seal.
- If you are using a charcoal grill be sure to take it easy with that lighter fluid. It’s also important to make sure that you are grilling over a concrete slab or use an ash tray to make sure that any hot coals that fall through the vent don’t start a fire on a wood deck or grass lawn.
- The last tip that I always share is to make sure and let your grill cool down enough prior to putting a cover over it or putting it back in your garage or shed. A grill that is put away too soon can cause a fire if it is placed against something flammable for a long period of time.
As I mentioned I like to grill a lot so I’m a big fan of sharing rubs/marinades! What are some of your favorites? Any good tips or photos to share with the rest of us? For my tip: use apple juice and brown sugar as a base for a chicken marinade to keep it nice and moist and provide a nice carmelization.
Happy grilling y’all!!
Zak started at MAX in October of 2017 and has 3 years of insurance experience, specifically in auto insurance claims. A big sports fan, he spends time cheering on the Wild, Twins, and Vikings. Most of all he enjoys spending time with his family, working with his hands, and doing just about anything outdoors (especially fishing and camping). Zak also volunteers with a local high school youth group and helps to run a networking group for young professionals.