Fire Safety By The Month
Seven out of every 10 adults in the U.S. have a grill or smoker, which translates to a lot of tasty meals. But it also means there’s an increased risk of home fires. In 2014-2018, fire departments went to an annual average of 8,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues per year, including 3,900 structure fires and 4,900 outside or unclassified fires.
3 Safety Tips to Prepare for Grilling Season
1. Get your grill ready for use by thoroughly checking it out.
Ten percent of gas grill structure fires and 22% of outside gas grill fires were caused by leaks or breaks. Watch this video to learn how to check for leaks.
2. Make sure your grill is located away from fire hazards.
Ensure your grill is placed well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
3. Open your lid fully before turning on your grill.
When starting your grill, open the lid fully before turning on the grill. Then turn on the propane tank, turn the knobs of the grill burner, and finally turn the ignition button if you have one.
Chief Brown's Alabama BBQ Chicken With White BBQ Sauce
Did you know that our very own Chief Brown is on a BBQ team?!? Enjoy this recipe given by Chief Brown that is sure to help you get excited about grill season. Enjoy!
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (add or subtract depending on your liking for heat, remember there is cayenne pepper in the sauce)
2 (3 1/2 - 4 lb) whole chickens
1. For The Sauce - Process all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth, about 1 minute. Refrigerate the sauce in an airtight container for at least one hour or overnight (overnight is best).
2. For The Chicken - Combine the salt, pepper, and cayenne in a bowl. Split chicken in half. Pat it dry with paper towels and rub them evenly with your favorite spice mixture.
3. Grill accordingly