I am please to share with you, the launch of Grilling for Heroes, a campaign to collect grilling recipes and donations supporting veterans, while raising awareness of safe propane grilling practices.
Now through GrillingForHeroes.com, along with a short anecdote about what the military means to them. After the submission period closes, the top 100 entries will be compiled into an online cookbook, which will be available for download Memorial Day 2015. Anderson will also choose her favorite recipe and story submission, and the winner will receive a free trip to Washington, D.C., grilling enthusiasts can submit their best recipes online at
“Grilling is not only an American pastime but also one of my favorite ways to prepare delicious food,” Anderson says. “The opportunity to educate my fans and grillers about basic propane grill safety while also honoring fellow military personnel and veterans is deeply important to me.”
Goodwill donations from participating propane retailers and the public will be accepted in exchange for free downloads of the ecookbook next summer. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit veterans through Hope For The Warriors, a nonprofit whose programs enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members and their families.
Top Grill Safety Tips
According to Weber’s annual GrillWatch survey, more than 60 percent of American home grillers use a propane gas grill. As July Fourth — the top grilling holiday of the year — approaches, PERC reminds grillers to follow important safety tips:
- Follow instructions. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for assembling, using, and maintaining your grill.
- Keep it outdoors. Outdoor propane grills should be located on a level surface at least five feet from the house, siding, outdoor furniture, and anything else that could be a fire hazard.
- Be smart when lighting and relighting. Keep the lid open and don’t lean over the grill when lighting it. If the flame goes out, turn off the gas and refer to the owner’s manual. At a minimum, the National Fire Protection Association advises grillers to turn off the gas, keep the lid open, and wait at least 15 minutes before relighting.
- Be present. A true grill master never leaves a grill unattended.
- Check for leaks. Use a soapy water solution to check connections for leaks. Expanding bubbles indicate a leak. Follow this procedure when replacing a cylinder.
How about a great recipe from Sunny?
Sunny’s Grilled BBQ Salmon and Quick Arugula Salad
Recipe courtesy Sunny Anderson
1 side of salmon
1 tablespoon liquid smoke, mesquite
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup sweet paprika
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup, plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1 bunch arugula
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion (paper thin on mandoline)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
fresh black pepper
1. Pat salmon dry. Place salmon skin side down on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or non-stick aluminum foil. In zigzag motion, drizzle liquid smoke over flesh of salmon; let rest 5 minutes.
2. In medium bowl stir paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and sugar. Gently pour seasoning blend over entire top of salmon patting it into flesh evenly. Let rest at room temperature for 2 hours.
3. Preheat grill to 400º F. Drizzle olive oil over salmon. Place salmon skin side down on grill over indirect heat and cook until medium rare, about 20 minutes depending on size of salmon. Remove from grill and tent loosely with aluminum foil and rest 10 minutes before serving flaked into salad or on side cut into portions.
4. In large bowl toss arugula, onion and lemon juice. Drizzle over olive oil, sprinkle lightly with salt and few grinds of black pepper; toss again. Serve salad with flaked salmon on top or on side as main entree.
About PERC: The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is a nonprofit that provides leading propane safety and training programs and invests in the research and development of new propane-powered technologies. PERC is operated and funded by the propane industry. For more information, visit propanecouncil.org.
About Sunny Anderson: Anderson is a U.S. Air Force veteran. Before joining the Food Network as a cooking personality for shows such as “Cooking for Real”, “Home Made in America,” and “The Kitchen,” she worked as a military journalist and broadcast personality. Anderson is also a New York Times bestseller with her first cookbook, “Sunny’s Kitchen.”
About Hope For The Warriors: The mission of Hope For The Warriors (hopeforthewarriors.org) is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.