The moment you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: grilling season is here. It’s time to get your grill out of winter storage and prepare to create mouthwatering meals in the comfort of your own backyard. Get ready for the most delectable time of year with these tips for prepping your barbecue.
1. Safety comes first.
When you retrieve your grill from seasonal self storage or the depths of the garage, take precautions to eliminate safety hazards. First, get some suds going in a bucket of water. Apply to connections; if you see bubbles, you could have a propane leak. Tighten or replace the offending connection.
2. Drain it Out.
To prevent the risk of fire, drain the grease traps where fat collects beneath the firebox. Clean them thoroughly so there’s no chance an accumulation of grease could ignite.
3. Garage Storers Beware
If you’ve kept your grill in seasonal self storage, the chances of spider and insect infestation is slim to none. However, if your grill has been in the garage or basement for the past few months, you might find some creepy crawlers have moved it. If this is the case, give your grilling appliance a good rinse with a garden hose to keep your “friends” out. When putting it in summer storage, keep pests and dirt at bay with a grill cover.
4. Clean Up
Use a non-scratch sponge or brush to attack the inevitable interior residue that comes from charring juicy meats. Follow up with a sudsy wipe-down of all surfaces and a thorough rinsing and drying. Stubborn spots are easier to remove when sprayed with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Allow an hour before wiping down.
Keep your grill sparkling and ready for action all summer long by maintaining a post-cookout routine. With the lid off, keep the burners running for several minutes. Use a brush or wad of aluminum foil to remove cooking build-up from the grates.
Enjoy your Memorial Day, and the rest of the grilling season, by keeping your grill in tip-top shape. At the end of the summer, consider securing seasonal storage to ensure the safety and cleanliness of this summer essential.