6 ways to Green Your Barbecue
Whether you're grilling curried lamb kebobs and Japanese eggplant for two on your patio or hamburgers and hotdogs for 100 at the company picnic, the top consideration when barbecuing is how you fire up your grill. All common methods—charcoal, natural gas, propane, and electricity—consume natural resources and release greenhouse gases and other pollutants. But some grilling methods burn cleaner than others.
Charcoal may lend that mouth-watering smoke flavor that BBQ buffs adore, but it also releases carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and soot as it burns. Opt for a cleaner burning gas or electric grill.
Kick the disposable habit! Forego paper plates and plastic cups and other throw-aways in favor of reusable, recyclable, or biodegradable dinnerware for your next big event.
If you just can't live without that char-broiled flavor, choose lump charcoal that's harvested from sustainably managed forests or briquettes made without coal dust or unhealthy additives.
Toss the lighter fluid, which releases smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and fire up your grill the eco-friendly way.
Harness the power of the sun for a healthier, emissions-free cookout. These cookers can grill, bake, broil, boil, and poach, all sans fossil fuel energy.
Browse your local farmer's market or grocery store for green food ideas (and we don't mean eggs and ham), like locally-grown portabellas, veggie dogs, natural sodas, and organic chocolate ('smores!).