Celebrate National Grilling Month With a New Barbecue Station
Not surprisingly, July is National Grilling Month, as millions of Americans celebrate summer by enjoying meals prepared over the coals or via a propane-fueled fire. The taste of grilled food is uniquely delicious and by cooking outdoors, you won’t heat up your home as you would by using your oven or stovetop.
If grilling is really “your thing,” perhaps this is the time to get serious about your outdoor cooking tools and build a barbecue station/outdoor island. Talented do-it-yourselfers may choose to do the heavy lifting themselves, but it’s usually best to leave the design and implementation to a professional contractor.
Here are the typical steps involved in building a grilling island:
- Take measurements
- Construct the island frame
- Construct corners
- Assemble parts
- Select countertop material
- Install frame
- Cap frame with countertop
- Clad exterior
- Install grill
The pros at Authentic Designs & Remodeling can easily handle a project like this, providing the peace of mind that comes from knowing the construction is done correctly. We also can help you go even farther by installing a complete outdoor kitchen. Then, get ready to delight family and friends with your al fresco prepared meals.
There are some safety issues related to grilling food, so make sure you take the four precautions noted below to reduce your risks of getting a foodborne illness (and giving one to those who enjoy your cooking):
- Wash Your Hands. Wash your hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling any food to ensure your mittens are germ free and reduce the risk of cross-contamination. By following this one rule, you can dramatically reduce your risk of foodborne illness. If you don’t have a source of clean water available where you’re grilling, keep some hand sanitizer or wipes nearby.
- Keep It Cool. Don’t take out food that needs to be refrigerated only to sit for an hour after you’re done prepping other items. Keep perishable foods in the refrigerator until the very minute you need to use them. By doing so, you’ll keep bacteria growth at bay and prevent potential illness.
- Don’t Mix Raw and Cooked Foods. Two things that should always be separated are raw and cooked foods. Cross-contamination is a big culprit in foodborne illness, so be sure to keep raw foods away from cooked and prepared food sources.
Do this by keeping raw meat, poultry, and seafood in separate containers and by using separate cooking utensils for raw and prepared foods. Also, avoid serving foods on plates or dishes that had raw food on them at any time. Instead, have a separate clean plate and utensils for foods that are ready to be served.
- Keep Temperatures in Check. While you can’t control hot summer temperatures, one climate you can control is the climate your food is contained in. As a general rule, remember to keep cold foods below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and hot foods above 140 degrees Fahrenheit until served. To ensure these temperatures are met, be sure to use a thermometer, have lots of ice and a cooler to place cold items in, and aluminum foil wraps and insulated containers for warm foods.
Ready to get grilling? Let us know if we can help design and build your backyard barbecue station/outdoor island or kitchen. We’re here to help.