We have all the green grilling tips to make your favorite Summer meal an eco-friendly, healthy one that is good for you and the environment!
Biting into a refreshingly sweet, juicy watermelon slice. The savory, messy experience of eating ribs off the bone. Buttery corn on the cob displayed on red-and-white checkered tablecloths. You heard us: it’s Barbecue Season!
Has the seductive scent of barbecued meals reached the yards of your neighborhood yet?
We refuse to kiss our favorite BBQ traditions goodbye, so we dove into research.
Eco-Friendly Green Grilling Tips
1. Lose the Petroleum Based Lighter Fluids and Self-Lighting Coals
- Use a charcoal chimney. We like the Drop Bottom Charcoal Chimney availbale at Williams-Sonoma.
- Use an electric charcoal starter. They release harmful petrochemicals into the air. We like the Master Forge 550-Watt Electric Charcoal Starter at Lowe’s.
2. Choose a Gas Grill
- Gas grills produce less pollutants and waste, burn cleaner, and are more energy efficient than traditional charcoal grills.
- Take it up a notch with a grill that uses natural gas, by far the cleanest fossil fuel. We like the Weber Grill 2-Burner Stainless Steel Natural Gas Grill available at Home Depot.
3. Use Charcoal a Natural, Lump Kind
- Natural, lump charcoal fuel is greener, because it is made from hardwood materials with no chemical additives, and it creates less ash. We like the Big Green Egg Natural Lump Charcoal available at Sears.
4. Clean Your Grill Regularly and Naturally
- When excess pieces of food and grease clog up your grill, it produces more smoke.
- Toss the petroleum based cleaner and replace it with a natural, nontoxic version. We like the Goo Gone All Natural Grill Cleaner available at Walmart.
BBQ Carbon Footprint
We know, grilling doesn’t sound like the worst of our carbon footprint troubles, right?
There are enough planes, trains, and automobiles out there to fill a lifetime’s worth of environmental concern! Well, just hear us out.
According to the Environmental Resource Center, “60 million Americans will fire up the grill during summer holidays.”
When you consider the astounding extent of grilling in our country, it’s no wonder the Air Quality Research Center of UC Davis concluded in a study that backyard grilling is one of the most toxic sources of air pollution.
There are loads of easy, effective ways to protect the environment by greening your grill.
Add some healthy tricks to reduce harmful toxins in your food, and your diet will stay as clean as your grill is green!