Q I barbecue steaks without cleaning the grill first. Gross? GC
Your filthy grill may make your T-bones taste nasty, but it won’t kill you. The heat and closed environment keep you safe, says food scientist Mark Etzel. “Harmful bacteria will die, and since there’s no moisture, bacteria won’t be able to thrive and multiply.” You’re way more likely to get sick from handling steaks improperly, he says. If you touch raw meat, wash your hands thoroughly afterwards to annihilate the bugs.