How to Prevent Flare-Ups on the Grill

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Flare-ups can be scary, but there are some easy steps to help you prevent and control them when they happen.

how to prevent flare-ups

1

Trim the fat.

Flare-ups usually happen because of excess fat, sauces or oily marinades. So trim as much excess fat as you can, without sacrificing flavor.

2

Keep the lid open.

When searing fatty foods, leave the grill lid opened.

3

Avoid wind.

Try to keep your grill away from windy areas. Wind forces oxygen between the grates, which can fuel a flare-up.

4

Move your food.

Try not to overcrowd your food on your grill. If a flare-up does happen, you want to be able to move your food away from the flame.

5

Burn the grease away.

During cooking, if grease pools, remove your food and turn the burners on high with the grill lid open until grease has burned off.

6

Clean your grill.

Keeping your grill clean and maintained will help prevent the dreaded flare-up. Food residue and old grease are both great fuel for a fire, so removing debris after each use is important.

how to control flare-ups

1

Turn off the burners.

If your grill flare-up is out-of-control, turn off the burners.

2

Don't use water.

You’ve heard the adage, “Oil and water don’t mix?” Well that’s especially true for flare-ups. Spraying water on a flare-up can cause grease to explode. Don’t use it.

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