Help Prevent a BBQ Flare-up with These Tips
A BBQ flare-up can be startling, especially if you’re new to grilling. However, the surge of flames is temporary and usually subsides as soon as you move meat to a different part of the grill. To help prevent a flare, make sure to trim excess fat, keep the lid open when searing and set up a two-zone system for your grill.
Trim Excess Fat
A BBQ flare-up is caused when grease hits charcoal and ignites. When the grease—or fat—burns off, the flare disappears. By trimming fat and limiting the amount of oil you’re using, you can cut down on the chance of the charcoal igniting. Pro Tip: You only need to keep about ¼ inch of fat on a steak to keep it juicy—everything else can be trimmed.
Keep Lid Open When Searing
It’s important to keep a close eye on your food when grilling. Most often, a BBQ flare-up will occur in the first few minutes of searing—keep the lid open so you can move the food quickly if needed.
Use a Two-Zone System
The best way to deal with a surge of flames is to move the food to another part of the grill—where there is no charcoal. With a two-zone system, you only put coals on one side, creating a hot and cold zone. By moving foods to the cold zone, you can safely wait for the flare to subside.
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