It was no surprise to us that July is National Grilling Month. Summer is in full swing, it kicks off with the Fourth of July holiday and summer means longer days and more sunlight to enjoy. There’s a lot of reasons grilling is one of the best ways to prepare a meal. You’re enjoying your yard, it can be very cost effective and sometimes you can cook the entire meal all together over the same burners! Of course, we hope you’ve got a mosquito free yard to grill in (if not, what are you waiting for? Give us a call!), so in celebration of this glorious month, we thought we would share some tips and recipes.
General grilling tips
According to the National Fire Protection Association, each year an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling, and close to half of all injuries involving grills are due to thermal burns. While nearly half of the people who grill do it year-round, July is not only National Grilling Month, it’s also the peak month for grill fires. To ensure you grill safe this month, here are some safety tips as you’re firing up the charcoal or propane grills.
- Most grills should only be used outdoors. This goes for all charcoal and propane grills.
- The grill should be placed away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area to avoid accidents.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- If you’re using a propane grill and you smell gas, turn the burners and propane off. If you continue to smell gas, call 911 immediately and clear the area.
And now for the recipes!
You didn’t really think we would have a whole post on grilling without some of our favorite recipes, did you? If there’s one thing we love almost as much as being outside at Mosquito Joe, it’s food!
“I’m a Buffalo NY Girl at heart and everyone from WNY (Western NY) knows what Chiavetta’s is! I order this stuff by the case and love to grill with it all summer long. My go-to protein is chicken thighs marinated in Chiavetta’s for at least a couple of hours.” ~ Jodi Ramoino
The Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger is the next on our list, and according to Meghan it is “God’s gift to Earth.” (Seriously, those were her words. Must be pretty good!) You can check the recipe out over at SkinnyTaste. Who doesn’t love a good burger recipe that also isn’t too bad on your waistline?
And from our resident foodie Kieran Scott, we bring you the Cedar plank salmon. As Kieran put it, “Y’all need this recipe in your lives. Enjoy. Serve with grilled asparagus and finish it off with watermelon. Perfect summer dish. Enjoy with a nice sweet tea vodka lemonade and you’ve got yourself a meal.” Don’t mind if we do!
Whatever you’re grilling this month, remember to follow our safety tips so you and your family have a delicious AND safe grilling experience. If you haven’t gotten on the schedule yet for our mosquito barrier treatments, we promise it’s the perfect addition to preparing and eating meals al fresco. Give your local Mosquito Joe a call and they’ll be happy to give you a free quote. Happy grilling, friends!