A Taste For Teaching – How to Get Your Kids BBQing This Summer

With the weather well and truly starting to pick up, we are lucky enough to have consistent sunshine, which means it won’t take long before bbqs are a regular weekend staple. Bbqing is most certainly a quintessentially Australian pastime, one which children should be exposed to from an early age.

Whether you have a gas, coal or lucky enough to possess the latest infrared grill the same precautions apply when teaching your children how to use the grill. As the adult it is your responsibility to mitigate against any risks as well as make the lesson fun and engaging. Children are inherently curious and for that reason you’ll need to be patient and well-prepared.

To help you keep bbqing safe for children, we have pulled together five suggestions of the types of steps you should include when teaching your kids how to bbq.


  1. Risk of fire

One of the biggest concerns for parents when teaching their children to cook and in particular bbq is the fear that they may get injured. Therefore, informing your children about the dangers of fire and heat is a good place to start. It gives them a reason to listen, be careful and why they should think twice before messing around near an open flame. Always remember to teach them what to do it a fire occurs. Stop, drop and roll is a very memorable slogan for the action they need to perform.


  1. Heat

When giving your children a tutorial on how the grill works it is also the perfect time to talk about the level of heat and what that means in terms of cooking duration. This discussion will also feed into how observant they need to be around the grill, reminding them of the importance of keeping an eye on the grill, and keeping napkins and flammable items away from the grill. The last thing either of you will want is a discarded tea towel accidentally catching fire when no one’s paying attention. Remember to have a hose to hand at all times too.


  1. Healthy distance

When showing your children how to cook on a bbq you should also let them know what a healthy standing distance looks like. Doing this will help keep them safe whilst at the same time curbing their natural curiosity. As well as assisting you when you’re moving items around the grill, preventing any accidents from occurring.


  1. Sharp items

In any food preparation zone there will likely be sharp items lying around. Teaching your children to respect cooking equipment is crucial. If you are to trust them with knives or sharp items then you should make sure they always have adult supervision. How to hold sharp instruments during transportation is also an vital teaching topic.


  1. Food preparation

Hygiene and cleanliness are key elements for any type of food preparation, however the difference with bbqing is the environment. Outside elements are not as easy to control. For instance, food may get blown on the floor and become contaminated. Therefore, it is a good idea to talk to your children about what germs heat and cooking will kill, and what things it can’t. Working with raw meat will also need some education, therefore try to get your children in the habit of washing their hands regularly.

Make sure you explain why hand washing is necessary for food preparation. Explaining when they should wash their hands, such as before eating, after touching animals and or going to the toilet. It can also be beneficial to show they how to wash their hands thoroughly.

Once you’ve gone through the above five learnings your children should have a good idea of how to act around the bbq. What you’ll need to do next is walk them through the different types of foods they can cook, and how the bbq needs to be set up to accommodate them. As people say, practice makes perfect. So, now that the weather is getting brighter, it is the perfect time to start practicing.






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