Make summer sizzle with easy grilling tips

Cooking on the barbecue grill is relatively simple, but there are a few rules you should follow if you want your cookout to be a success.

"Keep it hot, keep it clean, and keep it lubricated."

Steven Raichlen wrote the best-selling Barbecue! Bible cookbook and runs the website

"Start with a hot grill and hot grill grate. Clean it with a stiff wire brush. And lubricate or oil it with a tightly-folded paper towel dipped in oil and drawn across the bars of the grate at the end of your tongs. Now what this will do is, it will not only prevent sticking which is very important for grilling fish, but it also helps give you those well-defined killer grill marks which are the calling-card of master grillmanship"

And think food safety. Cook hamburgers to an internal temperature of 160 degrees, chicken to 165 degrees. You want to make sure you've killed any potentially harmful bacteria.

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