Barbecue

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.

  1. Buy a gas or electric grill

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    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.

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  2. Choose eco-friendly dinnerware over paper plates and plastic cups

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    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.

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  3. Buy eco-friendly charcoal

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    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.

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  4. Use an electric or chimney charcoal starter

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    Toss the lighter fluid, which releases smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and fire up your grill the eco-friendly way.

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  5. Buy a flameless solar stove

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    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.

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  6. Serve eco-friendly food

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    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!).

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Comments

06/29/2010
9:49pm
GreenGuy

Along the lines of the Buy a gas or electric grill statement. I agree that you are missing out on some flavor, but another bonus is that it is so much easier to grill on a gas or electric grill.
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