When you choose Trinity Commons for your Durham, NC apartment rentals, you benefit from the community’s beautiful courtyard and pool area. In the summer, you will often find other residents of the community in the courtyard, hosting a BBQ on the outdoor grills and eating with friends and family in the picnic areas. A summer BBQ is a great way to make the most out of your Trinity Commons home. If you are planning one, here are some tips to make it the best possible event.

  1. Pay Attention to BBQ Safety

The last thing you want is to leave your guests with a bad case of food poisoning. Make sure you know the safe internal temperature of the meats you are preparing, and use different utensils for raw and cooked food. Never lay cooked meat back on the same dish used to transport the raw meat to the grill. If you are marinating your meat, do not baste it with the same liquid. Prepare a second batch of the marinade for basting purposes.

Ensure that your workspace and your grill are both clean before you begin. Finally, if your party includes any children, keep an adult by the grill at all times to avoid an accident from curious hands reaching toward the hot surface.

  1. Add a Vegetable Option

Grill up some asparagus or squash to serve alongside your meat. This will ensure that any vegetarians you invite have something that they can eat, while also giving the meat-eaters a healthy (and tasty) option.

  1. Use a High Temperature

Sealing in the juices on grilled meats requires a high grilling temperature. A temperature of 400 to 450 to start will sear the meat and improve the overall taste of the food through the caramelization process.

  1. Avoid Flare-Ups

Flare-ups, or the instant flames that shoot up when fat drips into the fire of your grill, can disrupt the taste of the meat. To avoid these, trim any excess fat and remove the skin on poultry. Then, stand near the grill while the food cooks and keep a squirt bottle filled with water to douse those flare-ups that do happen.

  1. Let the Meat Rest

Meat needs to rest for about 10 minutes on a plate covered by a tent of foil to allow the juice to redistribute and improve the flavor. Use this time to prepare the table and serving utensils and gather your guests for the feast!

This summer, you will see many residents of the Trinity Commons Durham, NC apartment rentals outside enjoying a BBQ at our community grills. Join them, and enjoy one of the many perks of this upscale apartment community.