It’s in the Marinade
If you marinade meat before cooking, don’t use the marinade from the meat to coat vegetables or cooked meats, as it will contain raw meat bacteria.
If you do want to reuse the marinade, bring it to a rolling boil on the hob before you serve it.
How to Check Your Meat is Fully Cooked
Burgers, sausages, pork and chicken should always be cooked to 75°C. To check the temperature correctly you should:
- Take the meat off the heat
- Insert a clean thermometer into the thickest part of the meat – usually the centre or for a whole chicken it’s between the breast and the leg
- The meat is fully cooked when the temperature reaches 75°C
You can use a dial or digital meat thermometer and you should always wash the meat thermometer properly after use. For more advice, go to safefood.net
If you are unsure about cooking over coals, of you’re cooking for a large group, you could cook your meat indoors before adding it to the BBQ for that smokey flavour.
If you have any leftovers, place them in a suitable, covered container immediately. Remove them to a cool place until they are ready to go into the fridge. Eat them within 3 days and, if you are reheating, ensure they are piping hot before serving.
Following these simple BBQ food safety tips and guidelines should ensure that everyone stays safe and you have no upset tummies.
For further information and tips check out safefood.net where you will also find some delicious BBQ recipes too.