Atlanta Grill Safety Tips, for Low-And-Slow or Season-and-Sear

It’s summer, and for many Atlantans, the rising temperatures are a sure sign that backyards and apartment decks will be filled with the smell of grilled foods. But just because you use a grill, doesn’t mean you’re barbecue-ing.

You see, the “‘grill” is the cooking device, or cooker. If you want great-tasting, tender Atlanta-style barbecue , you can use a grill, but set it up for low-temperature, indirect cooking, using pre-soaked chunks of wood. Slow-and-low is the mantra of the experienced pitmaster.

Be Careful
If you’re in an apartment building in the city, be aware that open-flame cooking devices (grills) have historically been the cause of many fires at multi-unit complexes. Consult the Code of Ordinances for the City of Atlanta, (commonly known as the Fire Prevention Code) for proper rules and regulations.

For example, in section 308.3.1, it details that “Open-flame cooking devices: Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet (3048 mm) of combustible construction. Exceptions: 1.) One- and two- family dwellings; 2.) Where buildings, balconies and decks are protected by an automatic sprinkler system.”

Once you master the safety tips below, you can work on perfecting your skills to compete with the likes of Atlanta’s own Grand Champion BBQ and the Swallow at the Hollow.


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