Avoiding Barbecue Disaster

Meat lovers rejoice! It’s still barbecue season! For some people, barbecue season is year round. Others huddle indoors during winter and wait for the time they can step outside and slap their meat into smokers or grills. Char-broiled smells, tender meat and grill marks denote special attention to timing and heat—meat cooked until it’s ‘just right’—and compliments are forthcoming throughout the meal consumption.

But what happens when barbecue goes wrong?

This week my hubby placed six baby back rib racks on the barbecue. Half were unseasoned, because we wanted to baste them in sauce after cooking, one-fourth had been rubbed with a smoky blend of seasonings, and the rest had been rubbed with a dry sugar blend. The heat was just right and these babies were really starting to smell delicious!

Then the house started smelling like something was charring. Smoke was billowing up from the grill and even the smoke detectors in the house went off. Dinner was in imminent danger of going up in flames!

Let’s face it—pork is rather fatty; but it’s also the reason bacon tastes so good. Unfortunately, it’s also the reason a grease fire started in the barbecue. We immediately tu