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Avoid these grilling mistakes for Memorial Day

Tuesday - 5/22/2012, 6:46am  ET

For many, Memorial Day means grilling, so don't make a rookie mistake. Watch how food is spaced on the grill and take your time. (Thinkstock)

Hit a homerun on the grill

WTOP's Del Walters reports.


WASHINGTON - The long Memorial Day weekend is approaching, with many people planning to fire up the grill.

Before you load the grill, avoid these rookie BBQ mistakes.

  • Don't put everything on the grill at once. It's tempting but remember, everything could burn at once too.

  • Space out the food, paying close attention to fatty foods. They tend to cause flare-ups.

  • Raise the grill, so it is farther from the coals. It may take a little longer, but it's worth it.

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