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As a prelude to watching warriors duke it out on the football field, it’s no wonder that eating mouthwatering slabs of meat is a mainstay of any tailgate party. We also love the bonus time to visit with friends and relax outside before heading in to watch the game. (Find our fave tailgate recipes here.) But cooks can’t take the task of manning the grill lightly. In addition to knowing the basics of how to grill, pitmasters should follow these tips to avoid potentially dangerous grilling mistakes. Plus: Be sure you don’t make any of these major grilling safety mistakes.
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Mistake 1: Using Too Much Lighter Fluid
When tummies are grumbling, it can be tempting to douse charcoal in lighter fluid to get it started quickly. All this will really do is create a fast-moving fireball that can scorch hands and eyebrows. Lighter fluid can also pool in ash traps, leading to random (and dangerous) flare-ups in the middle of cooking.
What to do instead: Make sure you buy self-lighting charcoal or bring along a portable propane grill.
Speaking of serious hunger, you won’t believe what pro football players eat in a day.