Why Marinate?

It’s May, and that means we may all be out grilling soon! What could be more fun than a Saturday afternoon around the grill?

Well, hold on a minute…can’t grilling – or charring – meat be dangerous? Doesn’t it cause cancer?

It is true that studies have shown that meat that has been burned or charred creates heterocyclic amines (HCAs), which are a carcinogen. Some studies have shown that certain marinades – particularly those with a high amount of sugar (like most barbecue sauces) can create even more HCAs.

So, how do we make it safer?

  • Cook at a lower temperature (less than 350 degrees F)
  • Cook over indirect heat, rather than directly over a flame
  • Marinate the meat in a marinade withOUT sugar for several hours before grilling

Watch the video for a marinade idea!

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