The Complete Guide to Grilling on the Go
Backyard barbecues don’t have to stay in the backyard. With Hendrick Honda’s 2018 lineup, grilling is a great way to feed the whole family on the go, from long road trips to an evening in the park. However, it’s hard to achieve the perfect barbeque, especially when traveling, and these tips can help you make sure your traveling barbecue is a success.
The top priority when grilling anywhere is safety, not only for your group but for others in the area. This becomes especially important when grilling on the go since there are more elements to consider. For example, before you plan on grilling in a local, state or national park, make sure to get online and check for burn bans in the region. As well as temporary bans, there are also permanent bans during certain times of day and year. Before you fire up the grill, make sure you’re ready with tips from the National Fire Prevention Association.
Choose Your Weapon
Gas, charcoal, maybe even electric? The type of grill you use depends on your needs as well as the tools available. If you’re bringing food with you to a park, there’s a chance built-in grills are already there waiting for you, which means you just need to supply the heat. For longer trips, especially when you’re not sure what amenities will be available, an electric grill is a great option. Newer vehicles, like the 2019 Honda Ridgeline, have AC outlets built in so you never have to worry about running out of power. If you don’t have access to electricity, a small, portable charcoal grill works too, just make sure to properly extinguish and clean out the coal.
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
Over-preparation is the best way to ensure success for your on-the-go grilling. There’s a lot to consider, from what type of food you want to which utensils you’ll need. The farther in advance you start your planning, the greater your chances will be of a perfect barbecue. It’s best to buy the freshest meat possible only a few days in advance, while veggies like corn can be purchased up to a week beforehand. Most importantly, you’ll want to figure out how you’re going to transport ingredients. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends traveling with a cooler and making sure your meat never stays between 40 – 140°F.
On a road trip, space comes at a premium. Bringing everything you need means finding creative ways to store everything, from food to utensils to charcoal. If you’re bringing your own portable grill, it’s helpful to keep ingredients and utensils inside so they don’t get lost or damaged. If not, it might be a good idea to invest in some solid storage containers. For those large grilling utensils like tongs and spatulas, there are bags created just to transport them, plus you can keep forks and knives in the side pockets. If you’re not looking to purchase new gear, look around the house. Everything from tote bags to toolboxes can be repurposed to carry your food on the go.
Your first barbecue on the go can be daunting, but with the proper tools, preparation, and execution, it’s one of the best ways to feed family and friends at interesting and unique locations. If you’re looking to upgrade your vehicle for an even better travel experience, contact us today!