February 24, 2024

Grilling Safety for an Authentic Argentine Asado

When it comes to having BBQ everyone wants to have a good time, this is where grilling safety is key to ensure nothing gets out of hand. In this article, we will go through some of the key aspects of Grilling Safety for an Authentic Argentine Asado. Grilling Safety For Your Asado An Argentine Asado, a […]

Jason Pittock

February 24, 2024

When it comes to having BBQ everyone wants to have a good time, this is where grilling safety is key to ensure nothing gets out of hand. In this article, we will go through some of the key aspects of Grilling Safety for an Authentic Argentine Asado.

Grilling Safety For Your Asado

An Argentine Asado, a cherished tradition, goes beyond merely cooking meat; it’s a cultural experience that brings people together. Asados involve grilling various cuts of meat over an open flame, often lasting several hours, creating a rich, smoky flavor that is hard to replicate elsewhere. However, amidst the excitement of preparing this culinary masterpiece, it’s crucial to prioritize safety to ensure a memorable and safe gathering for all involved.

Preparation is Key

Before firing up the Asado or BBQ grill and diving into the culinary adventure, take some time to prepare properly:

  1. Location, Location, Location: Position the barbecue away from any flammable items such as claddings, deck railings, and overhanging branches. Always ensure it is placed on an even surface and in an open, well-ventilated area. Additionally, be mindful of any nearby flammable materials and maintain a safe distance to prevent accidents.
  2. Check Equipment: Inspect your grill and tools to ensure they’re in good working condition. Ensure the grill is stable and won’t tip over.
  3. Fire Safety Measures: Have a fire extinguisher, bucket of sand, or water nearby in case of emergencies. It’s better to be over-prepared than caught off guard.

Handling the Flames

Once the preparation is sorted, it’s time to manage the fire and cooking process:

  1. Lighting the Fire: If using charcoal, use proper lighting materials or safe methods and avoid using starters such as petrol. Start with a small amount and gradually add more to control the heat.
  2. Control the Flames: Maintain a safe distance from the fire and use long-handled tools to manipulate the coals and meat. Avoid flare-ups by trimming excess fat from the meat and having a spray bottle of water handy.

Food Handling and Hygiene

Before and after each use, make sure to thoroughly check all components of the barbecue for any maintenance needs and to prevent gas leaks in case you’re using a propane tank. Clear away any grease buildup from the grill grates and the trays below them. If you’re using a charcoal barbecue, ensure that the fuel has completely cooled down before disposal. Keep in mind, that charcoal and ashes can hold onto high temperatures for much longer than expected. So keep in mind: 

  1. Separate Utensils: Use different utensils and plates for raw and cooked meat to prevent cross-contamination. Wash your hands frequently, especially after handling raw meat.
  2. Cooking Temperatures: Ensure the meat reaches a safe internal temperature. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness: 145°F (63°C) for beef steaks, 160°F (71°C) for ground meats, and 165°F (74°C) for poultry.

Mindful Cooking and Enjoyment

While safety is paramount, don’t forget to relish the experience:

  1. Monitor the Grill: Keep an eye on the grill and be attentive to any changes in the fire or cooking process. This allows for adjustments to be made promptly.
  2. Enjoy Responsibly: Asados are about camaraderie and enjoying good food. Moderate alcohol consumption to stay alert and focused on safety.

Being prepared to extinguish a fire is crucial

Whether you’re following safe grilling or cooking practices indoors or outdoors, having a fire extinguishing device at hand is essential. Consider having handy a fire extinguisher as if things get a bit spicy you can always resort to a device to quickly reduce anything that gets out of hand. (which I hope never happens, as this would be the worst way to end an Asado!!)

Always douse your embers with water if in a public area or in nature

I can’t stress enough if you are out in nature, in a park, at the beach, or even in a public BBQ area always douse and put your embers entirely out once you are done. So many fires can start by people not putting out their embers completely before leaving.

 Beyond Grilling Safety: Embracing Tradition

An Argentine Asado is a tapestry of flavors, conversations, and traditions woven together. Prioritizing safety while embracing the customs of the Asado ensures a harmonious and unforgettable experience. Remember, in the union of safety and tradition lies the true essence of an exceptional Asado.


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