The safest way to cook barbecue meat is to prepare and grill them as soon as they have been bought from the store, marinated, and skewered. There are also considerations when preparing the BBQ meat for the campout. You’ll bring it with you in your cars or RV on the entire road trip unless the campsite has public markets where you can buy these before dinner. Grilling the meat is also a favorite hangout for the summer season.
You have previously learned the natural ways to preserve food, and right now, we will focus on preservation tips for the BBQ meats and other food sources.
Keep the meat moist
One effective way not to overcook meat is to keep the meat moist with a marinade or cooking it over medium-high heat. Also, avoid cooking the meat over a long period of time. Overcooking meat like barbecues can be harmful to the health, as much as undercooking the meat. It produces chemical compounds that we do not want in our body.
Some types of meat may shrink while they are cooked, and one way to avoid this is to cut the meat against the grain. Do this by searching for the longest fibers and cut perpendicular. As this is done, you will also have a meat that’s more tender.
To prevent the meat from shrinking up into little wads when it cooks, cut it against the grain. Look for the longest fibers in the meat (they will run the length of the meat) and cut perpendicular to them. This will also produce a cut that’s tender.
Brining is one technique you can use to give the meat that juicier effect. When the meat is unbrined, 30 percent of its moisture is lost. Meanwhile, meat that’s brined loses around 15 percent. You can produce a brine by mixing a cup of salt against a gallon of water and brine the meat for around four hours.
Ensuring freshness of the sauce
The BBQ sauce is just as important as the meat. Avoid using tomatoes that are over-ripe or those from frost-killed vines. When using vinegar for preservation, the acetic acid concentration must remain to at least five percent. As for the hot peppers, you may use gloves and it is also important to wash your hands when handling these ingredients.
Keep the BBQ sauce safe to eat
Especially when stored for longer periods, there are chances the meat and the sauce may acquire harmful microorganisms. Lemon juice, tomatoes, and vinegar increase the acidity of the sauce which protects it from these elements. You may also use sugar, salt, and molasses to decrease moisture which then decreases chances for microbial growth. Refrigerate the sauce and the raw ingredients.
Other food supplies
Not only in the meat that you should practice these guidelines but also in other food sources you bring for the outdoor travel. The use of cooler is one thing. Another effective hack is to place dry ice on top of the food and wrapping them in the newspaper to avoid damaging the cooler. Do not touch dry ice with your hands. And, always clean and maintain your coolers before and after the trip.
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