BBQ to Beat Cancer

BBQ-HeaderIn Ireland, we may not get the most amazing summers, but there’s one certainty, and that’s if we get a glimmer of sunshine, we will be getting out the BBQ. This summer, why not become a BBQ hero and BBQ to Beat Cancer?

In Ireland, an average of 37,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year. However, if we come together and raise awareness and funds, we can help beat cancer. That’s why the Marie Keating Foundation needs you to host a fundraising BBQ this summer with your friends, family or workmates. It doesn’t matter when you host it, how many people you invite, or if you’re a good cook. All that matters is that you and your friends are coming together to help turn up the heat on cancer.

Those who host a BBQ will also be entered into a fantastic draw (on receipt of funds) to win a portable BBQ Tex & Gaslight Cylinder valued at over €300 from Flogas and a weekly draw to win a selection of Ballymaloe goodies!



 Become a BBQ Hero

Have a fun summer event that also raises money for a great cause! Order your BBQ to Beat Cancer pack today! Your pack will contain everything you need to get your event started:

  • A chef’s hat
  • Posters
  • Invites
  • Balloons
  • Ballymaloe Foods coupon
  • Ballymaloe Foods recipes

The Marie Keating Foundation’s BBQ to Beat Cancer campaign is kindly supported by Flogas. If you are getting ready for your BBQ, why not save with Flogas? Order an incredibly light Gaslight Cylinder and get €5 OFF plus FREE next-day delivery* using the promo code BBQ4MKF. Visit

*Next-day delivery excludes Donegal


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    We want you to have a great time while BBQing, but don’t let safety go up in smoke! Here’s a few tips to keep you and your guests out of harm’s way!

    Setting up:

    • Propane and charcoal BBQs should only be used outdoors. Place the BBQ at least 3m away from your house, shed, fences and branches.
    • Keep children and pets away from the grill area. Keep your grill and grill trays clean by removing grease or fat build-up.
    • Never leave your BBQ unattended while it’s hot.

    Food safety

    Keep cool: 

    • Unless stated, make sure frozen foods are fully thawed before you start cooking. Keep foods you plan to cook chilled in the fridge or a cool box until needed.
    • Make sure you preheat your BBQ well in advance.
    • Wash your hands or use a hand sanitiser before and after handling food.

    Keep it separate:

    • Remember to keep raw meat separate from cooked meat and ready-to-eat foods like salads.
    • Always use separate utensils for handling raw and cooked meat. Marinades that are used on raw meat should not be used as a sauce to coat vegetables or cooked meat as they will contain raw meat bacteria.

    Be a BBQ Hero 

    • Choose lean meats, though a little bit of fat is no harm. Continuously flip the meat while cooking it for a healthier approach. Scrape off any blackened bits before serving.
    • Steaks or whole joints of beef or lamb can be served ‘rare’ as long as they are cooked on the outside as any harmful bacteria will be on the outside only, and not in the centre.
    • Cook meat until it is piping hot all the way through, with no pink meat remaining and the juices run clear. This is especially important with poultry, for example chicken.
    • If you have any leftovers from your BBQ, cover them and put in the fridge as soon as they are cool. Use within 3 days.

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    • Make sure the charcoal is cold and/or the gas is securely turned off.
    • Make sure the all knives and utensils are securely stored.


    Be SunSmart 

    • Always wear sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and good UVA and UVB protection
    • Wear protective clothing such as long sleeves as well as a hat and sun glasses
    • Avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm as this is when the sun´s rays are strongest

    Have a question about meat and cancer or want tips for a healthier BBQ? Check out our BBQ Q&A.

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    Your BBQ is helping to turn the heat up on cancer! 
    Tongue in cheek? A little. But it’s true. For every burger you grill and every kebab you serve, you are bringing people together to raise funds for the fight against cancer. Plus, you will be having fun
    doing it! Here are some ideas of games that will help to get your party started. If you have great ideas of your own, we’d love to hear them! Tweet us at @mariekeating and use the hasthtag

    How Low Can You Go?
    Whether you’re old or young, everyone can get involved in limbo and see how low you can go. All you need is a broom stick and some fun music.

    Hot Shots Have fun taking fun photos and selfies at your BBQ and don’t forget to share them using the hashtag

    If your guests take and share a fun shot, why not encourage them to take the next step and text a €2 donation to the Marie
    Keating Foundation. They can do this by texting MARIE to 50300.

    100% of text cost goes to MKF across most network providers. Some providers apply VAT which means a minimum of €1.63 will go to MKF. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY Helpline: (01)

    Let’s Glow Bowling 

    Put some glow sticks in bottles of water for outdoor, night time bowling!

    Spice It Up 

    Get your guests mingling with some fun games like outdoor twister. Or try Giant Jenga. Ask an outdoor store to cut up some 2 x 4 boards into 48 x 10 1/2 inch pieces.

    Potato Sack Race 

    The goofiness of this lawn game will ensure great laughs and fun pictures from your BBQ.

    Bobbing For Dessert Get some string, hang some party rings biscuits from a low branch and have the kids (or adults!) try and eat the biscuits off the string without using their hands. It’s tougher than you’d think!




    Do you have a BBQ question? We have BBQ answers because we want you to have a fun, safe and healthy time while you BBQ to Beat Cancer. bbq-food

    Does red meat cause cancer? 

    Red meat such as beef, lamb and pork can form part of a healthy diet. Meat is a good source of protein and vitamins such as iron, selenium, zinc and B vitamins. So, if you like eating red meat, you don’t need to stop eating it, but be aware that it is best to eat red meat in lean, unprocessed forms. For example, when shopping for beef, look for round steaks and roasts, such as eye round and bottom round; chuck shoulder steaks; filet mignon; flank steak; and arm roasts. Lean cuts of pork include loin roasts, loin chops, and bone-in rib chops

    Processed meats like bacon and sausages are not as good for you. A diet that includes lots of red meat (processed meat like sausages and bacon), dairy products (like milk, cheese and yogurts) and animal fat is frequently implicated in the development of cancer, although the evidence does vary.

    Most health bodies, cancer organisations and health advisory groups such as the Department of Health, the HSE, Cancer Research UK and the World Cancer Research Fund advise eating red meat in moderation. Try to eat no more than 500g of cooked red meat (approximately 700-750g raw red meat) per week.

    Here are some tips when trying to choose lean meat:

    • One portion of meat is about the size of a deck of cards or 85gm/3oz.
    • Choose lean cuts of meat. Lean cuts usually contain the words “round,” “loin” or “sirloin” on the package.
    • Trim off as much fat as you can before cooking, and pour off the melted fat after cooking.
    • Use healthier cooking methods: BBQ, bake, broil, stew and grill.
    • You don’t need to avoid red and proceed meat altogether- just eat it in moderation. At a BBQ, have just one burger or one sausage. Try having a chicken burger instead of a beef burger and try grilling vegetables or making some vegetable kebabs on the BBQ. One great way to eat meat in moderation is to put bite-size chunks of beef on skewers, alternating them with beets, slices of peppers, mushrooms, or even asparagus. Brush with a mixture of olive oil, minced garlic, and rosemary, season with salt and pepper, and put the skewer on BBQ.

    Does burnt meat cause cancer? 

    Research has shown that the way meat is cooked can alter the levels of carcinogens in that meat. Carcinogens are substances that can play a role in causing cancer.

    Carcinogens can form when meat is cooked using high-temperature methods, such as pan frying or grilling directly over an open flame, like when you BBQ.

    Although studies have shown that exposure to these carcinogens can cause cancer in animals, the amounts tested were very high—equivalent to thousands of times the amount that a human would consume in a normal diet.

    Although other studies haven’t established a definite link between exposure to these carcinogens and cancer in humans, some research has found that eating a lot of well-done, fried, or BBQed meats is associated with increased risks of bowel, pancreatic and prostate cancer.

    However, the risks associated with eating grilled and barbecued meats are relatively small when you look at the bigger picture. For example, smoking or being overweight and inactive is worse for your health than eating meat cooked on a BBQ.

    If you are concerned about the link between burnt meet and cancer, there are some steps you can take to reduce the risks, which are outlined below in ‘How can I have a healthier BBQ?’

    How can I have a healthier BBQ? 

    If you’re planning to BBQ to Beat Cancer, there are some steps you can take to make sure you are having a healthy BBQ that will still be delicious! BBQs are not just about burgers.

    • Remember that you can get some of your 5-a-day in by making up some vegetable kebabs. Or why not grill some larger vegetables like Portobello mushrooms, and peppers and stack them in a bun for a new take on the vegetarian burger.
    • Don’t forget to have lots of salad. You can even try including some fruit such as apple or pineapple to give it a summer twist.
    • Cook lean meats. The less fat that is on the meat, the less flames there will be and so the less smoke. These things will all reduce the amount of carcinogens that are produced from cooking meat.
    • If you want to give red meat a miss, why not try fish or chicken instead.
    • Cut down on grill time by oven-roasting or pan-searing meat first. You can also microwave before you BBQ it.
    • Continuously flip the meat. This can substantially reduce the amount of chemicals that can form when meat is cooked and just left on a heat source without flipping it often.
    • Marinate the meat before BBQing. According to research published by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, soaking meat in a marinade of beer – especially stout or black beer – reduces the creation of cancer causing chemicals when it’s grilled by around 50%.
    • Leaving the meat in a bowlful of beer in the fridge overnight also tenderises the meat and gives it a lovely flavour. Wine or tea marinades also provide added protection against carcinogens.
    • Make sure your BBQ is clean before you use it. This will prevent potentially harmful chemicals building up and getting onto your food. You should also scrape off any blackened bits off the food when you cook it, instead of eating it.
    • Be SunSmart! When you are outside, it is important that you protect yourself against skin cancer, the most common cancer in Ireland, by wearing sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, seeking the shade between 11am and 3pm, wearing protective clothing including a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. For more information, please see



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