Why You Should Never Use Dry Wooden Skewers On A Grill

Grilling is a popular cooking method that can infuse foods with delicious smoky flavors and charred goodness. But depending on the technique you use, you might end up with a few surprises — like your tools catching on fire. This is primarily an issue for those who like to use wooden skewers for kebabs, grilled shrimp, or grilled vegetables if they don't have or use a grilling basket. 

Dry wooden skewers should not be used on the grill because they can easily catch fire and burn, which can ruin your food and even pose a safety hazard. This is because dry wood is very flammable, just like the wood chips you use in some grills, the intense heat of the grill can easily ignite wooden skewers. So, if you're wondering how avid grill masters make the most of skewers on the grill, it's all about the steps they take to prep their wooden tools.

Soak the skewers before grilling

To prepare wooden skewers for grilling, it is important to soak them in water for at least 10 minutes prior to use. This will help prevent them from burning and ensure that the wood doesn't split or break from the heat of the flames. Soaking the skewers in water for roughly half an hour helps to infuse moisture into the wood. While this isn't always necessary, soaking the wood for a longer period can be particularly helpful for foods that will need to stay on the grill for a longer cook time to cook all the way through.

Something else to remember is grilling safety. It's always important to handle the skewers carefully to avoid any accidents or injuries. Always use tongs or gloves when handling the skewers to avoid burning yourself, and be sure to keep a close eye on them while cooking so you can act quickly if they do catch fire. But with the right preparation and safety steps, wooden skewers can be an easy, fun way to change up how you grill.