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Brian Francis

Be Grill Prepared

Whether you’re grilling up brisket in Birmingham or mahi mahi in Miami, summertime is barbecue time. Be sure to have all of your BBQ essentials on hand before Memorial Day. If you’re using a charcoal grill, don’t drench the coals in lighter fluid—you’ll just end up with food that tastes like, well, lighter fluid. Instead, invest in an inexpensive chimney starter to quickly and safely light the coals.

Check out some more barbecue and outdoor entertaining tips and ideas

Also be sure to avoid BBQ fires with a few pointers from This Old House

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