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8 Things You Shouldn’t Do while Barbecuing

Everyone makes mistakes while barbecuing, but for your benefit, here’s a list of 8 things that you should be cautious of while cooking. Do not make these mistakes for they can prove very harmful. Here are 8 things you shouldn’t do while barbecuing:


  1. Go ‘Low and Slow’, not Fire up

You should not fire up your Green Mountain Pellet Grills and blaze it up or use lighter fluid, for that would ruin your dish and spoil the taste. It is absolutely important to go ‘low and slow’ while barbecuing so that every cut gets cooked as it should be and no part is left undercooked or overcooked. Wait for your charcoals to fully turn gray before you spread them out and start grilling. Give your grill grates time to heat up.


  1. Keep your Grill Away

Grills can be unsafe and produce damage to your property, assets, or worse – pets and children. Make sure you grill in your backyard or somewhere away from home so that even by mistake, nothing catches on fire.


  1. Avoid Flare-ups

Avoids flare ups for they can be lethal for your life and property. Ensure that every time you use your smoker or grill, the grates are all clean and no food items or fuel leakages and present. Use a grill brush or ball of aluminum foil to remove chunks of food.


  1. Using the Correct Tools

One great mistake that every amateur makes is the usage of incorrect tools that can cause a lot of harm. Follow up on the internet for tools and materials that are safe to use while barbecuing. For example, opt for long handled tools to prevent burns on the skin, and use tongs and spatulas as much as possible so that you don’t burn your skin. While a long handled fork is great for grilling vegetables, it should not be used for meat because it leads to puncturing of the meat.


  1. When Preheating is not done

Preheating is an important feature for most cooking processes – be it barbecuing or any other. If you don’t preheat the grill, the fire could be producing a lot of hot but the grill grates could still be relatively cool which would mean that your food will not be conductively heated. Your food will then stick to the metal.


  1. Prevent usage of Excessive Direct Heat

You cannot use excessive direct heat while cooking your grills because the meat can start to burn on the outside while still being undercooked or raw on the inside, and you definitely do not want that for your taste buds.


  1. Opening the Lid and Peeping

This is a big no! Yes, the inquisitive side of our brains can’t stop wondering whether our meat is cooked or not so we open the lid just slightly to see for ourselves. But this is absolutely dangerous. Repeatedly lifting the lid in a gas grill will cause it to lose the heat inside and the process of cooking would get slower. For a coal grill, lifting the lid would bring in oxygen that would increase the heat and burn your food.


  1. Don’t spread the Sauce too Early

Do not spread the Barbecue sauce before you should. In such a case, the sauce starts to burn and turns acrid and sour before the meat is even cooked. You will then have to scrape off the blackened layer and add extra sauce to cover up for the bitterness but it doesn’t stay.

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Texas

Hard to believe there is anything you were unaware of about Texas? Take our word for it, because here’s a well-researched and exquisitely found out about list of 10 things that you probably did not know about Texas. Lend us your ears!


  1. Second Largest State in US with scope of dividing


Texas is the second largest state in the US in terms of land area. If it were an independent country, it would easily be the 40th largest in the world because of it’s size. In fact, it was it’s own country from 1836 till 1845, which was when it joined the US. It’s larger than any country in Western Europe. What’s more shocking is that according to the State Constitution of 1845, Texas has the power to get divided into five states further. You can dance five times what you do now if you know of the existence of five Texas’.


  1. Inventor of the human necessities: Hamburger, Fritos, Chicken Fried Steak


We all know how essential hamburgers and fritos are to us humans. An Athens man claimed to have invented the hamburger at his lunch counter in the 1880s and then sold them at a stand in 1904. In the 1930s, Fritos were invented in San Antonio and are today a main ingredient of the Texas convenience store’s staple – Frito Pie. As far as claims go, Lamesa takes the one for being the originator of the chicken fried steak. While the claim has no hold, Texas is undoubtedly the birthplace of chicken fried steak, and so Governor Rick Perry declared Lamesa to be the city that brought the world chicken fried steak.


  1. Carbon dioxide emissions Seventh Largest in World


Here’s a negative fact about Texas. Although the Permian Basin Oil Field alongside the South Texas Eagle Ford Shale has the US covered from any dependence on oil for the next many years, the downside is that the carbon dioxide emissions are being produced during refining of petroleum and chemical manufacturing. This makes the State’s emissions higher than any other state’s, and only less than six countries in the world. Imagine that.


  1. Three full time residents in Luckenback


According to the 2010 census, there are only three full time residents residing in Luckenback. This might sound shocking to those of you who have been to the place to attend one of the many great music festivals and seen crowds by the thousands. Those crowds are all tourist gatherings who have come for various such events, but are not residents. The fact is this – Luckenback has only three full time residents.


  1. “What’s up, Doc?”


The origination of the famous Bugs’ Bunny’s catchphrase “What’s up, Doc?” was in the North Dallas High School in the 1920s which was the alma mater of Tex Avery, the animator of Looney Tunes.


  1. Most Rainfall in US in 24 hours in Alvin, Texas


In the Tropical Storm Claudette from July 24-25th, Alvin received 43 inches of rainfall in a single day – making it the place which received the most rainfall within 24 hours in the US. Other places in Texas received over 30 inches over the same period.

  1. The ridiculous climate of Texas on March 27, 1984


On this particular day, in a serious of contradictions and unbelievable facts, Texas showed a vast diversity of temperatures. In Brownsville, the temperature was a record breaking 106 degrees (Fahrenheit). In Amarillo, the mercury showed a chilly 35 degrees with snow on the ground. What a contrast.


  1. State Dinosaur and Dog


Why should Texas not have a state dinosaur, even though dinosaurs are now extinct? Nope, they don’t care about such jitter jatters. The state’s dinosaur is Pleurocoelus. On this note, the state dog of Texas is the Blue Lacy.


  1. Texas Star shines throughout North America


The Texas Star is the largest Ferris Wheel in the entire North America. It is situated in the State Fair of Texas and goes high and above to give you a thrilling experience.


  1. World’s Largest Bat Colony


Bats are important creatures, okay? Texas’ Bracken Cave is the world’s largest bat colony. It’s situated in San Antonio. Wouldn’t you want to get some chills by visiting it? We are not recommending it.