Safe Grilling Tips this Summer

Grilling food is so popular that more than three-quarters of U.S. adults have used a grill — yet, grilling sparks more than 10,000 home fires on average each year. To avoid this, the Red Cross offers these grilling safety tips:

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Never grill indoors — not in the house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.
  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to help keep the chef safe.

Savory Grilling Tips

World Central Kitchen (WCK) mobilizes to the frontlines to start cooking and provide meals to people in need. By partnering with organizations like the Red Cross, WCK’s Chef Relief Team quickly provides freshly made, nutritious meals to survivors of disasters. Chef José Andrés formed WCK in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the organization has since provided healthy food to those affected by disasters across the country and around the world.

Roasted Piquillo Pepper Sliders Recipe

From his fleet of food trucks to his Michelin rated restaurants, Chef Andrés is known for creating small plates with a Spanish flair. Here’s one of his delicious grill recipes that’s a twist above your average slider. Topped with sweet fire-roasted piquillo peppers, they have an elegant, smoky flavor that elevates them from their usual casual backyard status. So, break out the BBQ and bon appétit!


1 jar roasted piquillo peppers

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more as needed

4 cloves garlic, minced

1½ lbs ground beef or pork

8 mini hamburger buns

Salt and black pepper, to taste

8 tablespoons garlic alioli or mayonnaise, for garnish

STEP 1 In a small bowl, combine the roasted piquillo peppers with 1/4 cup of the olive oil and set aside.

Mix together the ground meat, garlic and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, and season with a pinch each of salt and black pepper. Form the mixture into eight 2-ounce patties.

STEP 2 Preheat a grill to high heat. Grill the patties until their internal temperature reaches 160 degrees, about 5-6 minutes on each side.

STEP 3 Brush the hamburger buns with olive oil and toast on the grill for 1 minute. Spread 1 tablespoon of aioli or mayonnaise onto the bottom half of each toasted bun followed by a burger patty.

Top with the marinated peppers and serve.

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