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Are you ready for grilling season? Take our quiz

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By Deborah Pankey
Daily Herald Food Editor
dpankey@dailyherald.com

Last week's warm weather has you chomping at the bit to fire up the grill. Maybe you want to toss marinated chicken breasts over some hot coals for a weeknight dinner or invite the neighbors over for a pre-Memorial Day burger bash.

But are you, and your grill, ready?

Take our quiz to find out.

Whether you're a seasoned grill master or just getting ready to purchase your first grill, you'll learn something that will make this upcoming grilling season a glowing success.

1. When testing your grill for temperature, your hand should be …

3 inches over the grate

5 inches over the grate

Right on the grate

1 foot from the grate

2. A grill should be how many feet from your house?

10 feet

12 feet

5 feet

3 yards

3. The quickest way to quash a flare up is to …

Dump beer on it

Put the lid on and close the top vent half way

Spritz water on it

Use a fire extinguisher

4. The first kettle grill was built by a Mount Prospect resident. Who was it?

George Stephen in 1952

Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1961

E.G. Kingsford in 1921

Stephen Weber in 1965

5. You should never grill …

Indoors

In a lightning storm

Under a covered patio

All of the above

6. Which of the following statements are false?

When lighting a gas grill, always keep the lid open.

Trim excess fat from meat to avoid flare-ups.

Use a long-handled fork to flip steaks and burgers.

You can serve marinade as a sauce if you boil it first.

7. Essential grilling tools include …

A meat thermometer

Long-handled tongs

"King of Q" apron

Barbecue mitts

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