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Safe Tailgate Grilling

Keep your family and friends healthy while tailgating by following these simple food safety tips for grilling outdoors.

Fall is here with its cooler weather, gorgeous foliage, and autumn sporting events. And what fall game is complete without a tailgate party?! Don't let foodborne pathogens ruin your tailgate. You can avoid those uninvited guests by safely packing, preparing, and storing your special tailgate foods. Here are some tips from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service on the "ABC's of Barbecue."

Food Safety Tips

Meat type Safe minimal internal temperature
Beef, veal and lamb steaks, roasts, chops 145 degrees F
Hamburgers, beef 160 degrees F
Pork, all cuts 160 degrees F
Poultry, all cuts 165 degrees F


For more information about food safety, call USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline: 1-800-535-4555

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Updated Saturday, September 25, 2010