Though technically we're one of the few places in the country where we can barbecue year-round, tradition dictates that summer is prime grilling season.
There's something about a barbecue... The smell of meat smoking, the clink of a cold beer bottle being opened, the laughter of family and friends getting together in the backyard, the food-borne bacteria building up on the raw patties just lying in the sun, the germs spread from everyone digging their dirty hands into the chip bowl...
We hope we didn't turn you off from firing up the grill this weekend, because most grilling incidents can be avoided by taking into account simple safety precautions like keeping meat in the fridge until ready to cook and washing your hands before prepping food.
We found a handy infographic from TakePart.com, compiled from the CDC, FDA, Mayo Clinic, and International Food Information Council Federation. Here's everything you need to know to make your next backyard cook out safe and fun.
Just let us know what time you're firing up the grill this weekend... we'll bring the beer.