cooler salad

Photo: Claire Benoist

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3. Double Up On Coolers

If you're heading for the park with uncooked meat, put it in a separate cooler so it won't contaminate other food. Or partially precook meat in the microwave before you leave home and keep it hot (above 140 degrees) in a sealed container. You'll reduce both your grilling time and the amount of uncooked fat that can drip onto coals.