Memorial Day: BBQ Food Safety Tips

BBQ Food Safety

Memorial Day often kicks-off summer for many families. It means the cabin is now open, the pool or lake is just the right temperature for the kiddos to jump in, and the invitations go out to friends and family for the next BBQ. But as you fire up the grill you will want to make sure that your thermometer is all set to keep your guests safe this summer.  The chart below will show you the different internal temperatures that you will be looking for to ensure everything is ready to serve.

Category Food Temperature (°F) 
Ground Meat & Meat Mixtures Beef, Pork, Veal, Lamb 160
Turkey, Chicken 165
Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb Steaks, roasts, chops 145
Poultry Chicken & Turkey, whole 165
Poultry breasts, roasts 165
Poultry thighs, legs, wings 165
Pork and Ham Fresh pork 145
Fresh ham (raw) 145

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So the table is set, the main course is ready, and the side dishes are ready to be served! So were in the clear, right? Not quite yet…we want to make sure that when serving food outdoors that we remember:

  1. Perishable food should not sit out for more than two hours. In hot weather (above 90 °F, which will be everyday this summer in Arizona), food should NEVER sit out for more than one hour.
  1. Serve cold food in small portions, and keep the rest in the cooler or refrigerator. Refill the smaller serving bowl as needed to ensure all your guests enjoy the cold side dishes to help refresh them after being in the sun.

Remember these tips for your next backyard get together so that everyone goes home happy and healthy!

We hope that you have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

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