Is Your Gas Grill Ready for the Party?

It’s Barbecue Month!

Yes I know, we are already halfway into it. I have been known to be behind the times on an occasion or two. Better late than never!

I want to share with your some start up tips for barbecue season. Even for those of you that use your grill year round, these tips will still come in handy. I have found, some of us just expect our barbecues to be up to the challenge of cooking great food, even when we haven’t taken proper care of it. I will be sending this blog post to my husband because I just looked at our barbecue.  It’s sad.

Some simple steps to get your gas grill up and running for the season

  1. Burn off the grease
  2. Turn off the propane tank
  3. Clean the cooking grates
    • make sure the grill is cooled
    • remove grates and briquets
    • scrub the grates with a long handled stiff wired grill brush and warm, soapy water
  4. Detach the gas tubes and burner (refer to #2 before doing this)
    • clean the tubes with warm, soapy water and towel dry
    • wipe the burner clean with a damp cloth
    • dry the gas ports with a towel and then clean out each one with a toothpick
  5. Clean the interior and the exterior of the barbecue
    • use a long handled stiff wire grill brush and warm, soapy water
    • cover the gas valves with aluminum foil to prevent corrosion
    • rinse thoroughly and towel dry
  6. Reattach the gas tubes, burners and briquets

This should be an annual maintenance task that is put on the calendar as a recurring appointment every year. If you store your grill for the winter, be sure and put an end of the season maintenance appointment on your calendar as well.

Your grill will love you for it – and so will your taste buds…

Happy Grilling!