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Getting Rid of Charcoal and Cancer

I think life would be boring if barbecue parties were not invented especially during the hot summer season. Grilling our choice cuts of meat from chicken, pork, beef, lamb, and fish is simply the best way to have fun and build camaraderie with your next door neighbor. But backyard barbecue can be more harmful to health aside from accidentally charring your fingers in the grill.

Health experts constantly gave warnings regarding the hazardous effects barbecue can give ranging from the undercooked food to charcoal fires. But the new cool fact that can freeze our grill is the medical discovery that burnt food causes cancer. The study states that grilled meat over charcoal, wood or gas makes the food and the gourmet vulnerable to carcinogens which are cancer-causing agents.

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) occurs in the smoke created when drippings of meat, fatty fish or chicken falls in the heat source which coats the food that we eat. Meanwhile, Heterocyclic amines (HCAs is found in poultry, meat or fish that is cooked in extreme temperature such as broiled or well-done red meat. Past researches showed the association of the development of cancers like polyps or colorectal, breast, and pancreatic cancer with the high consumption of fried, well-done, and especially barbecued food.

However, we can still use our barbecue recipe books and enjoy our smoky parties if we follow simple guidelines to a healthier and happier grilling. First is to cut down the fat that can trigger PAHs by grilling lean cuts only and shredding the skin out of the chicken. Also barbecue fish more often instead of meat to get rid of those oily drippings which causes other disease aside from cancer like high blood pressure, stroke and other heart ailments.

Use low heat when grilling since we already know that high temperatures makes as highly prone to cancer. Wrapping the food in aluminum foil also keeps the food from being covered by smoke and ashes. Last but the most important is to regularly clean your grill with your barbecue brush and trusted brand of dishwashing liquid to prevent the buildup of the combined power of germs and carcinogens. So follow these helpful and healthy tips to a safer, smokier and healthier barbecue party.

BBQ Phenomenon

Times have changed and so have our preferences when it comes to food. But if there’s one thing that went with the flow, it’s our love for barbeque. Despite warnings that grilling meat at very high temperature can emit certain cancer-causing chemicals we still find ways and mean to get a taste of an all-time favorite dish.

People are so much in love with this tempting dish that barbeque grilling has turned into a national phenomenon and even a sport. There’s even a National Barbeque Association. How’s that for a pre-historic mode of cooking meat. Will you believe me if I tell you that barbecuing meat is the earliest form of cooking? Well, that’s an additional information for you.

The NBBQA has been around since 1991. Since then it has made various efforts that focus on the barbeque industry such as BBQ affairs and cookouts, conferences, Workshops, and a lot more. These people are very serious about barbeque that they have dedicated a part of their time, money and effort just to appreciate how barbeque changed their lives.

Barbeque and Your Health

If I tell you that barbeque can increase your risk of getting cancer, will you believe me? Maybe not. But if I told you that it’s the National Cancer Institute who said so, would you still be doubtful? I bet no. According to the study conducted by NCI, meat that is cooked in extremely high temperature (like grilling and barbequing) can emit cancer-causing substances known as carcinogens. These carcinogens bring about cancer in the body by altering the DNA in our cells which interferes with normal biological processes.

When meat is cooked in extreme temperature chemicals form and ingested inside the body. The proteins found in meat, poultry and fish reacts with high heat thereby emitting heterocyclic amines that are linked to cancer especially breasts and colon cancer. Researchers have proven the potential damage that these chemicals can bring to our bodily system.

However, this doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy our favorite barbeques. There are ways and means to at least reduce the peril of having cancer. Use healthy meat alternatives in barbequing like vegetables. Use the right marinade and microwave the meat first before grilling. This way you’ll prevent the meat from being over grilled.

Essentials of BBQ

Perhaps, the most popular pastime of all people is eating. There are some individuals who do some food trip when they’re sad to forget their problems. In a way, their attention is diverted to the food they’re eating instead of the troubles of life. They eat any kind of food.

In celebrations, there are many delectable delicacies that are served. One of the usual delicacies is BBQ. This is not only perfect for parties and gatherings, but also for campings and outdoor activities. This is so because it is very easy to prepare and the ingredients are affordable.

However, if you wish to host a wonderful barbecue party, you will need the different tools or accessories in order to maximize your barbecue’s potential. Among the tools you need to have are the flippers of burger, tongs, and turners. These will make you feel more confident with the result of your barbecuing. You also need to have books on barbecue to improve your skills in barbecuing. The recipe book will serve as your guide on your barbecue recipe. But before actually barbecuing, you need to wear aprons and gloves to protect your hands and clothes. You can also buy covers for the barbecue. Aside from these there are other accessories that will surely help you in making a perfect barbecue party.

Women Can Grill Too

Since barbecue was discovered by man, it has always been dominated by the male species. It seems that guys have taken it upon themselves to be the one assigned for grilling duties. Donned in his cooking apron, he takes a generous slab of meat and places it using his newly polished cooking utensils on his grill, an image that resembles the early men who discovered fire. While waiting for the meat to be ready, he opens a can of beer and chat with his buddies, usually about the latest sports news. Well girls, let me tell you one thing: you don’t need a Y chromosome to be the grill master (in this case, mistress.)

Women can also be the one to prepare the barbecue. Now, why in the world would you take over the only area where you can actually get your husband or boyfriend to cook for you? Well, cooking outdoors on a nice warm sunny day is surely better than being trapped in your kitchen. You also don’t have to wait for your man to arrive before getting your barbecue started. Grilled food is also a lot easier to prepare than other dishes, so it won’t give you too much trouble.

Asian Beef Skewers

If you are planning to invite the new Asian neighbors for a BBQ party,make them feel welcome with this simple Asian Beef Skewers.

You need:
3 tbsp Peking sauce
3 tbsp sherry
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tsp bbq sauce
2 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger root
1 1/2 pounds flank steak

First, mix all ingredients except the steak in a bowl. Then slice the steak on a shape where you can put it in a skewer. Marinade the steak on the mixture you’ve made overnight, or if you’re in a hurry, two hours will do. Place the skewered steaks over the heated coals, then grill.

There you have it, Asian Beef Skewers! You can enjoy this even without the neighbors.

World’s Largest Rattlesnake Round-up

I recently discovered something new. In Sweetwater, Texas, residents annually hold the « World’s Largest Rattlesnake Roundup. » This contest started in 1958 to give farmers an incentive to rid their farms of dangerous rattlesnakes that are diminishing the number of their livestock.

An added attraction to these yearly festivities is its BBQ contest. It is one of the nation’s biggest barbecue contests. This contest, which fanatics consider as a sports event, is held in the 25-acre Newman Park. The public can view this cooking spectacle of 140 teams for free. Just imagining the countless barbeque grillsand the smell of cooked meat makes my mouth water.