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4 Tips for Taking Your Summer Barbecue on The Road

Features & Advice | Tom Bastek | May 24, 2015

4 Tips for Taking Your Summer Barbecue on The Road

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For most folks, Memorial Day typically marks the beginning of the summer grilling season. So what if you are going away on vacation and want to grill when you get there? Here are a few reminders and heads ups about grilling on the way or when you get there.


Haven’t you always wanted to use one of those rest area BBQs? Nowadays everyone is in such a hurry to get to their final destination, that very few people even stop at a rest area to have a bite to eat, never mind break out all of the BBQ equipment. But if you decide that you are going to break the mold, make sure that you have everything you are going to need to do it. A grill brush, utensils, and some kind of cooking spray to coat the rarely used grates are all super important. You are also going to need coals, fluid, matches, etc. to light that fire up.

If you are planning on waiting until you get to your destination, find out from your hotel if they provide BBQ facilities and whether they are gas or charcoal. Some houses that you rent will even have utensils for you to use, so that is one less thing to pack in the car. 

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Be very aware of rules that hotels that houses, rentals, etc. have for grilling. There are quite a few beach rentals that will not allow you to set up a grill on the back deck or indeed anywhere less than ten feet away from the structure. If you think it doesn’t really matter, know that if you fail to follow the rules and burn the place down, it is in your contract that you are financially responsible for the damage. 

If you are going to a beach and are hoping to bring your hibachi along, check before you even book the trip, as there are many beaches that do not allow fires or grilling.


We will take the high road here and tell you to consult the packaging and instructions of all grilling instruments, flammables and utensils before you use them, but there are a few other simple things to remember. If you are using charcoal, it is always good to have a bucket of water nearby. 

Make sure that you clean the grill when you are done so that you reduce grease buildups which can become a fire hazard. Check all of your connection points if you are using a gas or propane grill. If the flame goes out, turn the gas off and wait ten minutes for the residuals to dissipate before trying to relight. Most importantly, keep small children and animals away from the grilling area.  

Be Daring

Now that we have the safety out of the way, here is your chance to be daring. Everyone and their brother does burgers and dogs, steak and chicken, and kabobs on the grill. Why not step out of the comfort zone and do something a little different? How about Grilled Caesar Salad? Or maybe grilling up dessert this year? It’s just another way for you to spice up your vacation.

What do you like to grill? Anything wild and crazy? Let me know in the comments below. And Happy Memorial Day!


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