Safe backyard grilling tips from BBQ expert Jim Cattey
41 Action News Staff
12:45 PM, Jun 29, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It can be easy to get overwhelmed when it's time for that backyard cookout, but it's not necessary. Kansas City BBQ and grilling expert Jim Cattey from Smoke N' Fire has a few tips to keep cooking outside fun and safe.
It is important to remember to not cross contaminate food when transitioning to outdoor cooking. Using labeled containers can help separate cooked and raw foods.
Using gloves can keep cooks arms from getting roasted, and prevent hot splashes or splatters when grilling wet or greasier items.
Installing a fuel level indicator will make sure that grillers don't run out of gas before they finish cooking the food.
When items come off the grill, using a probe thermometer can make sure the internal temperature is safe with having to cut into the food.
Cleaning the grill can help prevent fires and flame ups, as well as remove build-up and residue from the grill.
Smoke N' Fire also offers classes for novice grill masters at their store in Overland Park. You can learn more on their website at