Grilling has been a staple of spring and summer time cooking for most American families since the 1950s. There is something some alluring about gathering in the backyard for fun, food, and fellowship. Spring is here and summer time will soon be upon us. Make sure that your gas or charcoal grill is prepped and ready! Here are a few tips for getting your grill ready. Remember: If your grill is showing excessive rust or deterioration, it is time to buy a new BBQ grill.
Tips for Prepping Your Grill for Cookouts:
1) Take the grates off your grill and give them a thorough cleaning. It may take some soaking and scrubbing, but removing the dirt, grime, and excess debris from last season will give you a great start. You may want to re “season” your grates after you clean them. Rub with vegetable oil and bake them at 450 degrees for two hours (this should only be done on grates that are 100% metal and have no plastic or wooden parts).
2) If you use a propane or gas grill, take off the tank. Clean it and inspect for any damage or wear and tear. Check for cracked or torn hoses that lead from the tank to the grill. Refill or replace your propane tank as necessary. If you use charcoal, make sure that you are stocked up and ready for your first grill.
2) Make sure that your grilling area is clear of debris. Excess leaves and other fire hazards should be removed. Low hanging tree branches should also be removed or adjusted to prevent fire.
3) Replace any grill brushes, tongs, etc. that look excessively worn.