In barbecuing, remember to keep hot food hot (>140°F) and cold food cold (<40°) to ensure safe foods.
In barbecuing, one of the simplest ways to ensure safe food handling is to make sure that hot foods remain hot (>140°) and cold foods remain cold (<40°F).
Keeping hot foods hot will prevent toxins and spores from being produced when foods fall below the critical temperature of 140°F. Keeping cold foods cold will prevent both spoilage and toxin formation when foods are held above 40°F for extended time periods.
Barbecuing often takes place at parks, campgrounds, and tailgates, which may be places where holding foods either hot or cold can be a challenge. Remember the importance of holding cooked foods above 140°, and when you have finished serving them, to cool them below 40°F as soon as possible.