Be sure your Memorial Day BBQ is a safe one

Undercooked meat could give you food poisoning


WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – People will be gathering around the grill for their Memorial Day Weekend picnics. But before you go throwing your burgers and hot dogs, or maybe chicken or pork on the grill- there are some cooking guidelines you should keep in mind in order to prepare a safe and tasty meal.

About 85% of what will be cooking on Americans’ grills this weekend is hamburgers and cheeseburgers. Because e-coli is killed at 155 degrees, the U.S.D.A. recommends the minimum safe temperature for ground beef at 160 degrees Fahrenheit. It is the same for chicken. Hot dogs should reach an internal temperature of about 175 degrees.

22News spoke with E.J. Barkett, owner of the White Hut in West Springfield, to find out how you can tell when a burger is done.

“I’ll either have indirect heat or I’ll turn the flame down a little bit maybe to a medium and let it cook a little bit more. If you press it a little bit and you see that the juice comes out clear as opposed to being in red or pink of any color, then you’ll know it’s cooked all the way through,” Barkett said.

You can also use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature of your meat.

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