One of the things about Spring that many look forward to is the return of Grilling Season and backyard BBQs. Unless of course, you are a die-hard griller who kept the flame lit all winter long, in which case, we salute you! But, we understand it was an especially cold winter on the East Coast and there is never a bad time to give your grill a tune up. So, before you start inviting people over for some backyard fun make sure your grill is in working order.
Safety First- Do a thorough check of your propane tank/ gas line before firing the grill up. This step is essential for safe cooking. Look for leaks and any break or damage to the line and make sure that the connections are all tight.
Dry Scrub- Those caked on remnants from meals past do not add flavor to your grilling- and are in fact a fire hazard. They can easily flame up and end up over-cooking what you’re grilling. With a standard grill brush. To clean the grates, burners and inner parts use a dry non-scratch sponge (think kitchen sponge) or a gentle nylon brush. Rinse with soapy dish water and make sure that you give your grill a thorough drying. If your grates are chipping or rusty, it might be time to invest in some new ones, you won’t regret it.
Test it Out- It’s time to light up the grill. A key to great grilling is even cooking. Make sure your burners are evenly lit, if not you may have to spend some extra time really getting in there to unclog them. Before doing so make sure you let the grill cool.
Stock your Pantry- Stock up on some of your favorite seasonings, rubs, marinades, and BBQ sauces to make sure that a great grilled meal is always minutes away.
Pick out some recipes and get grilling!