Surprising grilling mistakes that could make you sick

ST. LOUIS – Barbecues are a fun part of summer, but not if the burgers and brats make everyone sick.

Avoiding some common grilling mistakes is a way to prevent foodborne illness.

De-frosting frozen patties by the grill or the slow, room-temperature is a sure-fire way for bacteria to grow, according to the USDA.

You should always thaw out the meat in a refrigerator instead.

Avoid cleaning the grill with a wire brush, experts say the metal bristles can easily fall off and get into your meat.

Lastly, marinating your meats helps prevent flames from causing potentially cancer-causing carcinogens.

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