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Tuesday Tip: Maintain Your Grill

Ahhhh, summertime.  The days are longer, hotter, and packed full of activity; and one of the top summer activities is BBQ!  All of that summertime fun can come grinding to a halt if your grill is not in working order.  But fear not, this can all be avoided if you regularly maintain your grill.  Since there are more things that can go wrong on a gas grill, the maintenance tips provided here are for gas grills.  So read on and make sure your next BBQ is the best it can be!

Maintain Your Grill- Routine Gas Grill Maintenance Tips:

According to artofmanliness.com there are not a lot of complicated things that need to be done to maintain your grill.  Follow these simple steps and your grill will be primed and ready!

  1. Check for propane leaks.  This is as simple as rubbing soapy water along the gas line and connectors.  You will need the propane turned on to do this.  If any bubbles appear, you have a propane leak and will need to tighten your connections or replace the gas line altogether.
  2. Keep it covered! This is the easiest way to keep your grill from rusting, becoming exceedingly dirty, or just being exposed to harsh weather conditions.
  3. Keep it Clean! After each use, and while it is still hot, brush the grates with a sturdy grill brush.  After it has cooled, you can also wipe the exterior with some window cleaner.  In addition to this, a deeper cleaning should be performed once or twice a year, depending on how much you grill.

Maintain Your Grill- Deep Cleaning Tips

You’ve done a good job of keeping up with your routine maintenance, but inevitably you will need to perform deep cleaning once or twice a year.  Not sure how to begin?  planitdiy.com shows us the steps to performing a deep cleaning below.

  1. Turn off the gas and disconnect the propane tank.
  2. Remove cooking grates and burner cover bars.
  3. If your grates and/or burner bars are exceedingly rusted or pitted, it is time to replace them.  If they are in good shape, simply soak them in warm water and scrub them with a scouring pad.
  4. Remove the warming rack, replace if needed.  If not, clean in similar fashion to the grates and burner bars.
  5. Inspect the burners.  Either replace them if they are worn out, or clean them.  Make sure the burner holes are not clogged with debris.  If they are, simply poke through with a small pointy tool.
  6. Scrape inside of the grill and the hood with a putty knife.  This will get rid of that tough, built-up residue.
  7. Once it is all scraped, hit it with degreaser and let it stand for 10-15 minutes.  Rinse it out and repeat if necessary.  Let it dry completely before using.
  8. If there are any buttons or functions that no longer work, those need to be replaced.
  9. Lastly, put your grill back together and get cooking!

 

8 Steps To Becoming a Grillmaster!

This Tuesday Tip is all about how to finally become the grillmaster you’ve always wanted to be! Follow these steps and make the best food you’ve ever made on the grill!

1. Start with a clean grill! 

Always start and finish your grilling sessions by cleaning the grate with a wire brush. It is best to clean the grill once it is already hot, so be patient and diligent and you will get those grill marks all BBQ Masters desires!

2. Oil the grill!

Once you’ve brought the grill to temperature and cleaned it, it is recommended that you oil the grill with Canola Oil. The best way to do this is to dip a paper towel in the oil and use tongs to wipe the paper towel on the grill. This will prevent the meat from sticking and make cleanup even easier.

3. Get the grill hot before you start grilling!

As you may have gathered from the previous two tips, a hot grill is crucial. Not only does it need to be hot before you clean and oil the grill, but it definitely needs to be hot before you put any food on the grill.

4. Season before you start grilling!

If you are using a marinade or a rub, make sure to give your meat enough time to get properly seasoned. Some marinades or rubs take as little as thirty minutes but often require an hour or more. Remember that it is best to grill your meat once it has been brought to room temperature and that seasonings such as salt and pepper can be added just a few minutes before grilling.

5. Flip just once!

It is impossible to properly gauge grilling time or to get those coveted grill marks if you are compulsively flipping the meat every 30 seconds. This will also help retain the juices and flavor!

6. Don’t poke your food!

When grilling, be sure to use a spatula or tongs! If you use a BBQ fork or any other sharp objects, you will let all the juices escape and you will be left with flavorless and dry meat. If you need to check the meat to see if it is done, make sure to use a very sharp knife and simply make a small slit.

7. Know when it’s done!

For steaks, chops and chicken, poke the meat with your finger: If it feels soft and squishy, it’s rare; yielding, medium-rare; only slightly yielding, medium; firm and springy, well-done. For large cuts of meat, use an instant-read meat thermometer (even barbecue pros use them). Just don’t let it touch any bones, or you’ll get a false reading.

8. Let it rest!

If you serve your meat right off the grill it will seem tough and dry, but if you give it time to reabsorb the juices that were released during cooking, you will get a tender and succulent piece of meat. It is recommended that you let meat rest for about 15 minutes.