Cooking Tips – Tidbits — July 4th BBQ

Well, here it is again—THE BBQ wknd of the year. Of course, when the Declaration of Independence was signed back in 1776, the founders were talking about a document which said to England (and King George): ” We’re no longer under your Command, Laws, Rules, we are a FREE nation……” I don’t believe they were thinking of BBQ’s across our land!
Ironically, 50 years later one of the authors of the Declaration– Thomas Jefferson , died on July 4th , 1826!….Oh , and by the way, the reason everyone knows the phrase ” Just put your John Hancock here”, is because John Hancock, who was the first signer of the document, signed his name in very large letters so that King George would be sure to see it and know the colonies meant business!
In 1938, the US Government made this a National Holiday, and we started to celebrate.
So……
since most of us do have these backyard, etc. cooking events, here are a few tips to keep it delicious and memorable:

If you are bbqing chicken, and don’t want to burn the outside while the inside is not quite done, I recommend parboiling(cooking in a large pot with boiling water)the chicken for about 15 minutes. Drain and put on grill almost immediately–if you don’t you will have just created an incubating environment for Bacteria….which invariably leads to salmonella poisoning!! Take note!
Once on the grill— keep the heat low…..After about 10 minutes or so, you can brush your sauce on each side…..cook another 20 minutes or until done…..check the inside to be sure there is no pink anywhere…..once chicken is cooked you can put aside until ready to serve….

Enjoy and have a safe 4th…
To your Health,
Jim