I BBQ all year round. I understand there are people that put away their BBQ’s at the end of summer – (We need to talk people – you can BBQ in winter and fall!) You need to perform ongoing maintenance and grill inspection -remember a clean grill is a happy grill.
Spring is just about sprung and its always a good time to take stock of your grills, sauces and rubs as the warmer months approach..
REMINDER: You should always check with your Manufacturers Owners Manual prior to cleaning, replacing or refinishing anything on your grill. Not all grills are created equal and what works for one many seriously damage another.
Clean all of your BBQ’s exteriors with hot soapy water. You can also use a store brand degreaser. Wipe down with cotton towels (Not the good ones from the bathroom – consult your spouse on this)
Inspect all hoses and lines for cracking and fraying. Replace if necessary and consult your manufacturer’s operation manual and warranty on instructions. Tighten all nuts and bolts to make sure your grill is solid.
There are types of tube cleaning brushes that are designed to help remove debris, spiderwebs and clogged lines. Check if your type of BBQ needs this type of cleaning brush.
Flaking paint is not tasty. If your grill hood is flaking you may need to sand it down and use some high heat touch up paint. Consult your owners manual.
Replace any knobs, dials and thermometers on your grill. Most manufacturer’s have many of these instock and available for order. This will help refresh your grill.
BBQ Tip: Inspect your propane tanks. They have a shelf life make sure yours is current and where necessary replace.
BBQ Tip: Spring Check out your wood chip, chunk & charcoal levels. Stock up so you are always ready to get your grill on !!
BBQ Tip: Some types of grates need to be seasoned often and ongoing (ie Cast iron) Check with your manufacturer owners manual for recommended instructions for seasoning.
BBQ Tip: Spring Check your rubs and sauces out make sure to replenish and replace any that are out of date or stale. Try some new ones!
BBQ TIP: Level your BBQ. This only takes a minute but is really important to make sure your heat is evenly distributed.
BBQ Tip: SPring is the ideal time to remember to check your thermometers for accuracy and calibrate if necessary. Boil a small pot of water and insert the thermometer. The temperature should be 212F or 100C
BBQ Tip: Spring Buy a few large boxes of baking soda and have them handy- great to use for cleaning and snuffing out grease fires.
BBQ Tip: Spring Invest in a small notebook or online recipe database – keep a cooking log of food you make. That way if something is a success you can repeat the results!
BBQ Tip: Spring is a great time to try some new recipes check out Youtube, BBQ forums, and of course recipe sites for new inspiration!
BBQ Tip: Spring is an excellent time to invest in a new grill or BBQ. Get out & buy something new- Pellets, Charcoal & Gas all have different unique features.
BBQ Tip: Spring is a fantastic time to kick it old school with a stick burner. Imagine cool nights, thin wisps of smoke & the smell of wood & meat… awesome !
BBQ Tip: Check out a BBQ Class – you just never know what you can learn! I am biased but ill recommend this .
Above all keep your grill clean, well oiled and full of tasty food!! Enjoy !!