Barbecue Ideas

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Part 1Listen and Read: Listen to the recording, answer the questions, and then read along with the audio recording.

During the summer months, I often have a barbecue with my friends. I first put charcoal in the grill, pour some lighter fluid over the charcoal, and then light the grill with a match. It usually takes a few minutes for the grill to get going, and I don’t put the meat on until the coals are really hot. When the coals are ready, I put on the meat. Sometimes, I grill hamburgers, steak, or chicken. If I’m grilling steak, I lightly season the meat with salt and pepper, grill it on one side, and then turn over the meat and cook it on the other side. I generally like the meat medium rare, but most of my friends like their meat medium well. My brother likes his meat well-done. Sometimes, I also grill vegetables to add variety to the meal. Of course, some people use gas grills to barbecue their meal, but I prefer meat that is cooked over an open fire using charcoal.

Part 2: Discussion

How often do you have a barbecue with your family or friends? What kinds of foods do you prepare? Do you have any special recipes for cooking specific dishes?

Part 3: Online Investigation

For some people, preparing food over a barbecue is a real science. Use the Internet to find tips for barbecuing meat over a grill and find one recipe for cooking steak or chicken. What are the taste benefits of cooking over a grill verses in your kitchen oven? Share the information you find online and any barbecue recipes.

Part 4: Online Listening Practice (from