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Are you ready for grilling season? Take our quiz

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  • Grilling out

    Grilling out

  • Food on table and grill

    Food on table and grill

By Deborah Pankey
Daily Herald Food Editor

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 …


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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