How to Treat BBQ Burns

A couple of months ago, I wrote a post on the dangers of BBQ flare-ups, gas explosions and fire in general. What I neglected to include was what to do if you get burnt. I apologise. And I hope that if you did suffer burns at the hands of your barbie in the past couple of months, you didn’t just stand there looking at it saying, “All BBQs didn’t tell me what to do.”

BBQ on fire

Well I’m here today to rectify that issue. If you or anyone around you is burnt, heed the following steps:

1. Remove the Danger

This may involve:

  • Putting the fire out (have a fire extinguisher ready to go);
  • Preventing further contact with the source of the burn, such as flames or any smoldering material;
  • Smothering any flames that are still a threat using the stop, drop and roll method, a blanket, sand, or something similar.

2. Remove Surrounding Clothing

It is important to carefully remove any clothing surrounding the victim’s burn for the

following reasons:

  • Clothing will trap heat, thus not allowing the burn to cool;
  • Burns have a tendency to swell quickly, so it is particularly critical that constrictive clothing such as belts and jewellery are removed immediately.
  • Clothing is likely to irritate the burn further.

If clothing sticks to the skin, cut around it rather than attempting to rip it off.

3. Assess the Injury and Treat

In terms of severity, burns are typically classified as 1st, 2nd or 3rd degree. These classifications will determine whether you need to pop a panadol or rush to the E.R.

1st Degree Burns: Minor burns that only damage the outer layer of skin.

Symptoms: Redness, pain and swelling

Treatment:

  • Immediately cool the burn by holding it under cool running water, or immersing in cool water. Do not use ice, as burnt skin is very sensitive and could be damaged further.
  • Burnt skin is also very susceptible to infection so protect it by applying a specialised ointment and covering with a clean, non-stick, lint-free bandage.
  • Even 1st degree burns can be extremely painful; treat pain using standard, over-the-counter pain relief medication.

2nd Degree Burns: Moderate burns that damage the top two layers of skin.

Symptoms: Redness, severe pain, swelling, blistering and blotchy appearance.

Treatment:

  • For the most part, 2nd degree burns are able to be treated at home; follow the same treatment regimen as for 1st degree burns. Do not burst any blisters, as this may lead to infection. NOTE: If burns are to a particularly sensitive part of the body, such as feet, hands, genitals, airway or face, see a doctor immediately.
  • Closely monitor for worsening of symptoms including any increase in pain or signs of infection. If this occurs, or if the symptoms remain for more than 24-48 hours, or if other symptoms such as dizziness, fever and chills are experienced, see a doctor.

3rd Degree Burns: Extremely serious burns that damage all layers of skin.

Symptoms: Severe pain (also possibly little or no pain due to nerve damage), blistering, swelling and charred skin.

Treatment:

  • 3rd degree burns are a medical emergency and 000 should be called immediately.
  • While waiting for emergency services, loosely cover the burns with sterile, non-stick bandages. Do not soak or run under water, as the skin will be extremely sensitive.
  • Prevent shock by laying the victim down, elevating their feet and covering them with a blanket. If possible, elevate the burn area above the level of the heart while monitoring their pulse and breathing.

So there you have it; everything you need to know about dealing with BBQ burns. However, if you go back and read my post about preventing flare-ups and explosions, hopefully the only thing you’ll burn are the snags.

What do you think? Have you ever been burnt by the barbie? Have you got any additional tips? Please leave your comments below.

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One of the most overlooked aspects of barbecuing is what to wear. “Who bloody cares?” you might be thinking, but this is important stuff. Barbecuing can be hard and dirty work, so you need good work clothes. But barbecuing can also mean party time, so you need party clothes. How do you combine the two?

Apron

This is the most critical article of barbecuing apparel. And for the blokes, don’t believe what you’ve heard: it’s ok to be male and wear an apron. In fact, it’s essential.

The humble apron’s benefits are obvious: it spares your clothes from grease splatters and sauce drips, so that when your job on the barbie is done, you can join the party without looking like you’ve just done a 12-hour shift at Maccas.

Plus, there are an endless amount of aprons containing hilarious one-liners that will make you the life of party. Several recommendations include: “Don’t go bacon my heart”, “Grill God” and “I like pig butts and I cannot lie”.

Utility Belt

Every slick BBQ chef needs a utility belt from which they can pull out their tool of choice at a moments notice. Whether it is the tongs, spatula, scraper, meat thermometer, skewer or tea towel, it pays to have them all close at hand.

Every BBQ chef needs premium BBQ tools.

Don’t be afraid to pretend you’re a superhero or in the Wild West when you unleash your tools either.

Wide Brim Hat

It’s bad enough having the heat from the barbie melting you on a hot day, but you’ve also got the sun to contend with. There’s not much you can do about the barbie, so anything that will reduce the heat from the sun is very welcome.

A wide brim hat will work wonders in keeping you cool. And it’ll take care of nasty things like sunburn and skin cancer.

Jeans

Jeans are like a heavy-duty apron for your legs that you never have to wash. You can wipe grease on them, lay on the grass in them and score a backyard cricket half-century while wearing them and they’ll still look like new.

Sunnies

Even if the sun’s not shining, sunnies are essential. They’ll keep the smoke out of your eyes and hide your looks of disgust when all of the backseat chefs start piping up about how overcooked the steaks are.

Stubby Holder

Ok, so it’s not exactly apparel, but every BBQ chef needs a stubby holder. Get one that clips to your utility belt!

Closed Shoes

I know that the only thing as Aussie as barbecuing are thongs, and therefore, the Aussiest thing you can do is barbecue while wearing thongs. And that’s fine…if you don’t mind the tops of your feet being burnt by flying bits of piping hot grease every now and then.

If you do mind, go for a light pair of closed shoes that will allow you to dance from barbie to kitchen to cricket pitch and protect your feet at the same time.

What do you think? What’s your favourite article of barbecuing apparel? Leave your comments below.

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BBQ (Grill) Envy

Had Moses been an Aussie, I’m pretty sure God would have declared the 10th Commandment to be: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s barbie”. But he didn’t. So we can’t help but occasionally peer over the fence and stare longingly at our neighbours’ sleek stainless steel body, large cooking surfaces and smoking hot burners.

Napoleon LEX 605 BBQ

It’s a modern-day syndrome that’s more serious than any other, including selfie-itis and chronic Facebooking; it’s called Grill Envy.

And the only way to combat the problem is to buy a superb meat master of your own…or sneak over for a late-night cook up every now and again. Check out Napoleon Grills’ hilarious take on Grill Envy here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqfGcQg8Q6M

Do you suffer from Grill Envy? What do you think is the best way to deal with it? Leave your comments below.

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In its simplest form, barbecuing is an ancient method of cooking that over the ages has spread throughout the world, undergoing many iterations and variations along the way. One of the most distinctive barbecuing styles is Texas style. It’s rich, it’s smoky, it’s delicious and now you can try it for yourself…without flying to the other side of the world.

Jazz City BBQ Surry Hills

In August 2014, American chef Dan McGuirt opened Jazz City BBQ in the hip inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills. Complete with neon beer signs, booth seating and every condiment you can imagine, McGuirt has done his darndest to make the place look like a genuine southern American diner.

However, the most authentic part (thankfully) is the food. Brisket, pulled pork, ribs, sausages, turkey and whatever else will fit in the wood smoker is sold by weight rather than by the dish, just like in the Lone Star state. This is great news for the foodies who want to try a bit of everything. You can order 100g of beef brisket ($6), 100g of pork ribs ($5) and a link of hot sausage ($5) without breaking the bank. McGuirt himself is usually there to carve a piece specially for you.

Be sure to try the traditional side dishes as well, such as the coleslaw and beans. Though the consensus seems to be that the sweet cornbread is the star of the show.

The best thing about trying different styles of BBQ of course is that it often inspires a few new things the next time you’re the one wearing the chef’s hat.

Have you been to Jazz City BBQ? What did you think? Favourite dish? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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Woman Burned By Exploding BBQ

Earlier this week, several news sources reported that a 27-year old woman on the NSW central coast suffered severe burns to her face, torso and arms following a barbecuing accident. She was airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital and fortunately is in a stable condition.

BBQ flare ups

Photo credit: Anita Ritenour

It remains unclear whether the injuries were the result of a flare-up, or if the BBQ’s gas bottle exploded. In any case, I hate hearing about BBQ-related injuries, so I’m going to address both issues.

Flare-Ups

Flare-ups are the burst of intense flames caused by oil and fat dripping from your food onto the fire or coals below. For the most part they are small in size and a normal part of barbecuing. In fact, many people believe they actually enhance the flavour of the food.

Occasionally, however, flare-ups get out of control and pose a serious risk to the BBQ chef. Here are a few tips for ensuring your flare-ups remain small and manageable:

  • Keep your BBQ clean: Clean your BBQ of any grease and fat before and after every cook up. Note that it is much easier to do this while the BBQ is still hot. For more tips on keeping your BBQ clean, click here.
    • That includes the drip tray: The drip tray, where all of the excess fat and oil gather, is an often-neglected part of BBQ maintenance. Learn how to maintain your drip tray here.
    • Trim excess fat: The less fat that is on your meat, the less will drip onto the flames. In saying that, some fat is essential for flavour and moisture, so trim with moderation.
      • That includes added fat: Avoid over-marinating or over-oiling foods, as this will decrease the risk of flare-ups.
      • Keep a cool zone: If flare-ups do occur, ensure you have a flame-free part of the BBQ where you can put the meat while the flare-ups subside.
      • Keep an eye on it: If you’re cooking foods that are susceptible to flaring up, keep an eye on them. Then if a flare-up does occur, you can get them out of there while things settle down.
      • Keep a flammable-free safe zone: Ensure you have an adequate “safety zone” around the BBQ where there are no flammable items that could catch fire from a flare-up.
      • Use long-handled tools: Ensure all of your BBQ tools have long handles, so that you can avoid placing your forearms, body and head directly over the BBQ.
      • Don’t spray with water: Water and grease fires do not mix. All spraying with water does is make the hot, burning grease explode all over you and your food.
      • Have a fire extinguisher ready: You’ll probably never have to use it, but it’s a small investment for what could potentially save your house and your life.

There is a chance that the “flare-ups” the media reports referred to were caused by excess BBQ fuel. If you’ve released an excess amount of gas while attempting to light your BBQ, allow the gas to dissipate into the atmosphere before trying to light again. If cooking with charcoal and using highly flammable chemicals to get things going (lighter fluid for example), use them in moderation and always apply only a very small amount to start with. Oh and when lighting, stand back!

Gas Bottle Explosions

LPG gas bottle explosions are rare, but they do happen. It is important that you transport, store, use and maintain your gas bottles correctly to avoid any accidents. Check out some simple tips on how to play it safe with LPG here.

All BBQs send their best wishes to the injured woman and hope for a speedy recovery.

Safe barbecuing everyone!

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I know how you feel: it’s the festive summer season and once again, beside all the partying and drinking, it feels like you’ve spent the entire time rearranging the bloody fridge. In between the wine, fruit platters, cold meats and other summer party foods, there’s barely enough space for the beer…and that is completely unacceptable.

So how can you increase your fridge space in a way that’s cheap and convenient?

Buy a bar fridge!

Husky Single Door Bar Fridge

Here are five of the many benefits of having a bar fridge in your home:

1.      Compact Size

This may sound obvious, but bar fridges are small. They can be squeezed under counter tops, shoved into corners or put in any number of other out-of-the-way places.

2.      Adds Much-Needed Fridge Space

A bar fridge is perfect for adding those extra couple of shelves that you need for social occasions or when you want somewhere to keep your own private stash of food and booze.

3.      Can’t Have An Outdoor Kitchen Without One

You can have a barbie, cabinets and all the utensils you want, but without an outdoor fridge to keep your meat, condiments and drinks, your outdoor kitchen will never be complete. This means you’ll constantly be running back and forth to borrow from your indoor kitchen, which is no fun.

4.      Easily Moveable

Whether you’re having a barbie in the backyard or watching footy on the couch, you can ensure a beer is close at hand. No matter what the occasion, it is easy to move a bar fridge to wherever the party is.

5.      Inexpensive

Compared to the cost of full-sized fridges, bar fridges are relatively inexpensive – both to buy and to run. However, it is worth spending a little bit more on one with a few handy features, such as temperature control, clear glass doors and good energy efficiency.

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What do you think? Where do you like to keep your bar fridge and what do you use it for? Leave your comments below.

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Lump Charcoal vs. Charcoal Briquettes

A few weeks ago, I talked about the advantages of charcoal BBQ over gas. Assuming you were listening or already have a charcoal BBQ, you might be wondering, ‘ok, now what do I fuel it with?’

More than likely, everyone you know uses charcoal briquettes, commonly called Heat Beads in Australia. In fact, over 90% of charcoal BBQs are fueled using briquettes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re better. As more and more emphasis is being placed on food quality, lump charcoal is coming to the fore as a favourable alternative.

Lump Charcoal Vs Charcoal Briquettes

Photo Credit: www.seriouseats.com

 So what’s the difference and which is better? I mean, charcoal is charcoal, right? Well, not exactly.

Lump Charcoal

Like the name suggests, lump charcoal comprises lumps of hardwood that have been charred to create charcoal. And that’s exactly how they look as well: like small lumps of burnt wood.

Pros

  • Light quickly
  • Burn hotter (over 600°C) than briquettes
  • Don’t produce much ash when cooking
  • All natural with no chemical additives
  • Infuse the food with great flavours and aromas
  • Offer the ability to experiment with different flavours depending on the wood type

Cons

  • Burn faster than briquettes
  • Are more expensive
  • Some lumps in the bag are often so small that they are unusable
  • Lumps lack uniformity in terms of size and degree of charring; as such, temperature and cooking times lack consistency
  • Unable to maintain high temperatures for long periods of time
  • Not as accessible for purchase

Charcoal Briquettes

Charcoal briquettes are often referred to as the “fast food of charcoal” because they are cheap, easy to find and you’re not entirely sure what’s in them. Like lump charcoal, they start out as charred pieces of wood, but they are then combined with certain binders, oxidising agents and fillers to create those uniform, pillow-shaped blocks we’re used to seeing.

Pros

  • Burn longer
  • They come in uniform sizes, meaning that when cooking it’s easier to maintain consistent temperatures
  • Cheaper
  • Can still get “woody” flavours in your food by adding hardwood chips to the briquettes
  • Able to maintain high temperatures for long periods; if you’re slow cooking, you can “set it and forget it”

Cons

  • Take longer to light and sometimes require chemical additives such as lighter fluid or firelighters
  • Don’t burn as hot (about 400°C)
  • Some have a chemical taste and smell
  • Produce a lot of ash

So does that answer the question of which is better? No, because as with most things, there is no clear-cut answer. It just depends on what is important to you. But at least now you know the difference and can make an educated decision.

Happy barbecuing!

What do you think? What kind of fuel do you use for your charcoal BBQ? Leave your comments below.

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How are you going to show your loved one how much they mean to you this Valentine’s Day?

Chocolates? So soon after all of the festive season indulgences, no one needs that.

Flowers? They’ll be dead in a week.

Dinner? Talk about cliché.

How about something practical that will stand the test of time? Just like your relationship…hopefully.

If that sounds like you and your partner, check out these great Valentine’s Day gift ideas for this year:

Digital BBQ Tongs

1.      Digital BBQ Tongs

Nothing says “I love you” like a great multi-functional tool and these tongs are the ultimate multi-functional BBQ tool. While they will pick up and flip your food like any standard set of tongs, they also have a built-in meat thermometer. A probe on the end of the tongs pierces the food and the internal temperature is displayed on the handle, ensuring perfectly cooked meat every time. Genius!

http://www.allbbqs.com.au/bbq-accessories/bbq-tools/digital-bbq-tongs.html

 

3-Piece Stainless Steel BBQ Tool Set + Bonus Steak Gauges

 

2.      3-Piece Stainless Steel BBQ Tool Set + Bonus Steak Gauges

If you truly love your partner, the last thing you’ll want is for them to be yelping in pain as they singe their forearm hairs every time they turn the snags. This set of stainless steel BBQ tools have extra long handles that will ensure the only thing being burnt is the steaks.

No wait! They come with two free steak gauges to ensure that even that doesn’t happen!

http://www.allbbqs.com.au/bbq-accessories/bbq-tools/3-piece-non-slip-handles-bbq-tool-set.html

 3-Piece Stainless Steel BBQ Tool Set with Non-Slip Handles

3.      3-Piece Stainless Steel BBQ Tool Set with Non-Slip Handles

If you think the above tool set isn’t your partner’s cup of tea…or if they’re a little injury prone, get them this set instead. The high control, non-slip handles will ensure you don’t have to watch any more snags go rolling across the floor after the tongs are dropped again.

http://www.allbbqs.com.au/bbq-accessories/bbq-tools/3-piece-non-slip-handles-bbq-tool-set.html

 

BBQ Grill Wok / Vegetable Basket

 

4.      BBQ Grill Wok / Vegetable Basket

Your partner isn’t only your girlfriend, boyfriend, husband or wife; they’re the love of your life, your soul mate, your all. Similarly your BBQ isn’t only a meat machine. It’s an outdoor kitchen capable of cooking almost anything…with the right tools. This heavy-duty, stainless steel wok / vegetable basket is one of those tools.

Covered in holes to allow that typical smokey BBQ flavour to infuse your food, it makes it easy to vastly expand your partner’s cooking repertoire.

http://www.allbbqs.com.au/bbq-accessories/bbq-tools/bbq-grill-wok-basket.html

 

 Giant BBQ Grill Brush

 

5.      Giant BBQ Grill Brush

Sometimes gifts can be used to send a subtle hint to your loved ones – nose hair trimmers or toenail clippers for example. Well, perhaps you’d like to send your loved one a hint about their BBQ cleaning skills, or perhaps you just want to make the job as easy as possible for them by giving them the best equipment.

This awesome BBQ brush has a heavy-duty scraper, stiff stainless steel bristles for the grill and unique lighter bristles for those hard to reach places, meaning there’ll be no excuses for not having the barbie sparkling after a cook up.

http://www.allbbqs.com.au/bbq-accessories/bbq-tools/giant-bbq-grill-brush.html

 

 BBQ Fish Basket

 

6.      BBQ Fish Basket

Speaking of hints: how about something other than steaks and snags for dinner?!

If your lover’s BBQ menu is getting somewhat stale, then this is the perfect gift for them. All they need to do is place the fish in the basket, whack it on the barbie, wait a few minutes and voila! Delicious barbecued fish every time that stays together in one piece as opposed to looking like its been attacked by the cat.

http://www.allbbqs.com.au/bbq-accessories/bbq-tools/bbq-fish-basket.html

Happy Valentine’s Day from All BBQs!

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For those of us that still enjoy a hot roast lunch on Australia day, we’re faced with a bit of a dilemma: we don’t want to be stuck in a hot kitchen. We want to be outside – in the breeze, by the pool, with the family…depending on the family.

So what’s the solution?

To move the cooking outside and cook your roast on the barbie.

BBQ Roast on rack

Not only will you avoid baking yourself as much as the chook you’ve got in the oven, but you will utilise the unique flavours that a BBQ infuses into the food and probably make this Australia Day roast the best one ever!

Just the follow the simple steps below*:

Step 1: With the hood* down, preheat the BBQ in accordance with the type and cut of meat^ you are intending to cook (usually about 180-200°C).

* Note that you need a hooded BBQ in order to properly roast.

^ In terms of your choice of meat, anything goes on Australia day. Chicken, pork, beef – you really can’t go wrong.

Step 2: Take the meat out of the fridge and allow it to reach room temperature. This will ensure even cooking throughout. Brush it with oil and season with salt, pepper and any other herbs and spices that take your fancy.

Step 3: Place the meat in a roasting tray in the centre of the BBQ. Turn off the burners directly below the tray to ensure that the heat all around the roast is doing the cooking (convection), as opposed to the heat directly beneath it (conductive heat).

Tip: If using a roasting rack instead of a tray, place a tray of some sort beneath the rack to catch all of the dripping juices. These juices can then be used to make a delicious gravy.

Step 4: Cook the roast with the hood down for the recommended amount of time. Check that it is done by placing a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the roast and away from the bone. Avoid lifting the hood too often; studies show that each time the hood is lifted, the BBQ loses 10-15°C, which will add to the cooking time.

Step 5: Once cooked, remove the roast, wrap loosely in al-foil and allow it to rest for 10-20 minutes in a warm area#.

Step 6: Carve it up, serve it up#, raise your glasses, wish everyone a Happy Australia Day and dig in!

# If your family prefers a cold Australia Day lunch, cook your roast the day before or earlier in the day, slice thinly, allow to cool and place in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.

So whatever you cooking this Australia Day, get outside and ejoy the tradition of ‘throwing it on the barbie’!

Please share with us know what you barbecued this Australia Day .We’d love to know and may will inspire others.

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Australia Day is nearly here again and you know what that means: 90% of the country will be flocking to one body of water or another to cool off, barbecue and party.

But you know who else will be partying?

Iron oxide. Or for all the non-boffins out there: RUST!

Rust absolutely loves a party and once it gets started, it can be very hard to stop. It’s the reason your BBQ can go from sparkling new to an old farm gate in one summer.

As I’ve mentioned before, there are a few ways to combat rust, but by far the most effective way is to use stainless steel. This shiny, beautiful stuff is specifically designed to inhibit rust for a very long time. And it looks great!

The only downside of course, is that it can be fairly pricey…until now!

All BBQs is having a sale on a range of best quality, stainless steel BBQs – from compact 2-burner pocket rockets, such as the Galleymate 1000 to the heavyweight champion, 7-burner Napoleon LEX 730.

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All are made from high quality 304, 443 or marine grade 316 stainless steel. They also come with long-term warranties that will give you peace of mind that your barbie will be around for this Australia Day and many more to come.

So get in quick to get some big savings on primo stainless steel BBQs.

*Hurry! Sale ends 31st January.

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