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Safety And Health

Hundreds of thousands of Americans alone are sickened every year by their food, and some even die. Thousands more are hurt by knives, wire brush bristles stuck to meat, burns and other hazards around the grill. Here’s an overview of the hazards and how to reduce the risk. And here’s a shocker: Far more people are sickened by bacteria on raw veggies and salads than by meat. Why? Cooking kills. Raw anything is vastly more risky.

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Food Safety From The Store To The Table In The Age Of COVID-19

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Meathead

Can you get coronavirus (COVID-19) from food? Check out these tips on how to prevent food poisoning. Learn all about viruses, bacteria, food safety, proper food handling, safe cooking temperatures, pasteurization, sterilization, and best practices for general safety when using a grill, smoker, and oven.
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Award Winning Food Temperature Guide And What You Need To Know About Food Safety

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Meathead

We all strive to create tender, juicy, and flavorful meat, but we also want it safe. Monitoring the internal temperature is the best way to have the best of both worlds. Here's the ultimate guide to understanding proper cooking temperatures and food safety to ensure that your meat is cooked perfectly every time.

Does Grilling Cause Cancer?

By:

Meathead

Are you concerned about the healthfulness of grilling? This article answers the question "Is there a cancer risk in grilling meat?" Find out all about HCAs, PAHs, and the general health aspects of consuming smoked and grilled food.

Myth: Chicken Is Ready When the Juices Run Clear And Why Pink Meat Is Dangerous

By:

Meathead

Many recipes say to cook poultry 'until the juices run clear'. If you do, you could end up overcooking your poultry or spending the night on the toilet. Find out the real science behind pink juices, undercooked chicken, safe doneness temperatures, salmonella, and why the best tool for food safety is a good thermometer.
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Cold Smoking Meats: Don’t Do It

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Meathead

Cold smoking sausage and fish is risky and can kill you. Here are the risks and why you should not try it at home. Bottom line: holding foods in the "danger zone" of 40ºF to 140ºF allows pathogens to multiply if not carefully controlled. Food cooked to above 140ºF internal temperature is simply safer to eat.

The New Data About Nitrites, Nitrates And Cured Meats

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Meathead

Nitrites and nitrites appear naturally in foods, and are added to many foods. Are they dangerous? Recent research is enlightening.
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The Science Of Curing Meats Safely

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Meathead

Curing meat is not like any other recipe. You must be pretty precise about some ingredients.

Who Is WHO kidding? An Analysis Of The Silliness In The Press Over The Recent Warnings About Eating Meat.

By:

Meathead

The World Health Organization (WHO) report on the healthfulness of processed meat is problematic and media coverage has sensationalized and oversimplified the facts, sending a very misleading message.
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Top 7 Grilling Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

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Clint Cantwell

When you're playing with fire outside, lots can go wrong. From singed eyebrows and running out of propane to undercooked chicken and burnt burgers. Avoid the worst grilling mistakes with these simple barbecue dos and don'ts.

How Dietary Science And The Media Fail Us

By:

Meathead

The world is full of conflicting advice about food, nutrition, and dietary recommendations. Doctors, nutritionists, government organizations, and consumer watchdog groups can't seem to agree on a single course of action for people who want to eat healthfully. Here's how to make sense of it all.

Why Raw Sprouts May Be The Riskiest Food In The World

By:

Meathead

Healthy food advocates often recommend eating fresh, raw foods, but raw food can pose a health risk. In fact, raw sprouts are the riskiest food in the world. Here's why.

Is Corn Syrup Bad for You?

By:

Meathead

Get the facts about corn syrup and health. There are many types of corn syrups and they have been the subject of much debate in discussions of food and health. Here is the truth.

Published On: 5/6/2019 Last Modified: 5/11/2021


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The Undisputed Champion!

Thermapen One Instant Read Thermometer

ThermoWorks’ Thermapen ONE provides an accurate reading in one second or less. The ONE also includes features that are common on high-end instruments: automatic backlight, rotating display, and water resistant seals. Don’t accept cheap substitutes.
Click here to read our comprehensive Platinum Medal review


The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy


The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them


Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker


This is the first propane smoker with a thermostat, making this baby foolproof. Set ThermoTemp’s dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin’.

Click here to read our detailed review



Surely you know somebody who loves outdoor cooking who deserves a gift for the holidays, birthday, anniversary, or just for being wonderful. There he is, right in the mirror! Here are our selections of best ideas, all Platinum or Gold Medalists, listed by price.

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The Cool Kettle With The Hinged Hood We Always Wanted


Napoleon’s 22″ Pro Cart Charcoal Kettle Grill puts a few spins on the familiar kettle design. In fact, the hinged lid with a handle on the front, spins in a rotary motion 180 degrees. It’s hard to beat a Weber kettle, but Napoleon holds its own and adds some unique features to make the 22″ Pro Cart a viable alternative.

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Bring The Heat With Broil King Signet’s Dual Tube Burners

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The Broil King Signet 320 is a modestly priced, 3-burner gas grill that packs a lot of value and power under the hood. Broil King’s proprietary, dual-tube burners get hot fast and are able to achieve high, searing temps that rival most comparatively priced gas grills. The quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared Zone


GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke.

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