You’ve spent a lot of time putting together the perfect patio. You chose the ideal patio furniture, and the best shading, lighting, and accessories. Now you want to show off your beautiful new space with a BBQ on your patio. Hosting a cookout on your patio and serving scrumptious grilled food is the ultimate day or night of fun in your outdoor space. But be sure to follow these dos and don’ts to ensure a safe and good time for you and all your guests.
Do Use Your Patio BBQ
Patio or porch grilling is one of the best things about summer! Host a BBQ on your patio and grill to your heart’s delight. If your patio is completely outdoors, you can use any type of grill you like. If your patio is covered or enclosed, you’ll either want to roll your grill outside or make sure you’re using a gas or pellet grill. Just be sure not to use a charcoal grill in an enclosed space because it will stain your walls and increase the risk of starting a fire. If you use a gas or pellet grill in a covered or enclosed patio, be sure to keep the area around the grill well ventilated to keep fumes from igniting.
But Don’t Grill Too Close to Your House
Regardless of the type of grill used, it always needs to be far from any structure such as your home, shed, or garage. It’s best to keep it at least 10 feet of distance to help ensure safety.
Do Grill Delicious Food
Grilled food is a summer favorite. The grill allows the “grill master” to enjoy the weather and the versatility to cook just about anything. Be sure to read our Grilling Recipes for Summer blog for recipe ideas for your patio BBQ.
Don’t Cook Too Much Food at Once
Whether you’re entertaining or having a patio BBQ with just your family, you want to make sure you don’t overload the grill. While it’s easier and faster to put a lot of food on your grill, too much fat can drip on the flames and cause a flare up. It’s best to cook in batches, especially if you’re cooking meat with a lot of fat.
Do Protect Your Deck or Patio
Be sure to put down a splatter-proof mat before you start grilling. This will protect your patio from burning hot grease and sparks.
Don’t Forget to Have a Fire Extinguisher Handy for Your Patio BBQ
Always have a fire extinguisher on hand, and know how to use it. While a fire extinguisher is best, a bucket of sand will also work. NEVER use water on a grease fire and call 911 if you need immediate assistance.
The ultimate “do” for your patio BBQ is to have fun and be safe. Following these tips will help keep you and your guests out of harm’s way so they can enjoy themselves and the delicious food!