Sunny is proud to be teaming up with the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) to launch Grilling for Heroes, a campaign to collect grilling recipes and donations supporting veterans while raising awareness of safe grilling practices.
Send in your favorite grilling recipe for possible inclusion in my crowd-sourced e-cookbook PLUS get educated about grill safety. Get grilling with some of my favorite recipes and follow top grill safety tips.
From July 4 through September 30, 2014, grilling enthusiasts can submit their best recipes online at GrillingForHeroes.com along with a short anecdote about what the military means to them. After the submission period closes on September 30, the top 100 entries will be compiled into an online cookbook, which will be available for download Memorial Day 2015. Sunny will also choose her favorite recipe and story submission, and the winner will receive a free trip to Washington, D.C.!
“Grilling is not only an American pastime but also one of my favorite ways to prepare delicious food,” Sunny 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 e-cookbook 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.
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.
For more information about the campaign, for safe grilling tips, or to submit a grilling recipe and military story, visit GrillingForHeroes.com.
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 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.