Spring and summer are great times of the year to have a barbeque. Many people enjoy hanging out in their backyards grilling up their favorite foods while chatting with family, friends and neighbors. Tailgating parties just wouldn't be the same without some freshly grilled BBQ before the big game.
With these ideas in mind, the purchase of a barbeque grill should be thought of as a worthwhile investment rather than just another frivolous purchase.
You should expect this item to become the centerpiece of your outdoor activities for many years to come. But like any other investment, proper maintenance and care is needed to ensure that your barbeque grill will work for you in the present and distant future.
While some maintenance and cleaning is specific to the type of barbeque grill you own (gas, electric, charcoal or smoke style), the majority of maintenance that should be carried out stays the same, regardless of the type of grill you have. Here are some steps you can take to ensure that you keep your barbeque grill working all season long.
Step 1- Gather The Necessary Items
You will need some familiar household items on hand when it comes time to clean your barbeque grill. Some of the items listed are for general cleaning while others are for polishing your grill to help give it a radiant shine.
- Brass wire grill brush (check to see if your grill takes a special type of grill brush)
- Steel wool pads (preferably those that already contain soap or detergent)
- Cooking oil in a spray can or spritzer bottle
Step 2- Brush Your Grill Off
The first thing that should always be done to your grill is a routine brushing. Using your brass wire grill brush (or other brush suitable to your type of grill) you should brush off all of the surfaces of your barbeque grill. By routinely brushing your barbeque grill, you will prevent any type of buildup to accumulate over time. Not to mention, if buildup from food is left too long, it can become much more difficult to remove.
Step 3- Spray Cooking Oil
Once you are sure that your grill is free of all buildup and debris, and that your grill is completely cooled off, you will want to spray it down with a light layer of cooking oil. Spraying it down with cooking oil will prevent your barbeque grill from rusting.
It is especially vital to make sure your barbeque grill is completely cold before spraying. Spraying cooking oil on a hot surface may cause the oil to heat up and ignite, which could be potentially dangerous to you, your family and friends, and your barbeque grill.
Step 4- Use Baking Soda and Aluminum Foil on Your Grill
Baking soda is a very good cleaning and polishing agent. Once you have removed any extra debris and buildup, lightly scrub your barbeque grill with the baking soda using the aluminum foil. Using the baking soda, and aluminum foil together will give your barbeque grill a beautiful shine.
The baking soda can also be used on the handles and knobs of your barbeque grill to remove any extra buildup that was not taken off with the wire brush (or whatever brush you used to clean the grill). Remember to use a gentle scrubbing motion while polishing the barbeque grill.
Step 5- Clean Your Racks
It is especially important to keep the racks in your barbeque grill clean since the racks hold the food while cooking. Although some people place their food on top of aluminum foil while cooking on a barbeque grill, most place the food directly on the racks.
Over time residue can build up from food cooked directly on the grill racks leaving your barbeque grill a disgusting (and sometimes smelly) mess. You will need to use the wire brush to remove as much buildup as possible when cleaning the racks of your barbecue grill.
Once you remove as much residue as feasible, start washing the racks with dishwashing soap. If the racks are really dirty, you may also want to use the steel wool pads. Be sure to completely rinse off all soap and residue before cooking on these racks again.
Step 6- Preventing Problems
The majority of problems that arise from barbeque grills comes from lack of cleaning and maintenance. That means if you notice something does not seem quite right with your barbeque grill, chances are it can be fixed with just a simple cleaning.
Even if you clean it, and still find that it is having problems, at least you saved yourself the potential embarrassment of taking it to a professional only to find out all it needed was to be cleaned.
One method of preventing problems with your barbeque grill that many take for granted is simply shielding it from the outdoors. Covers are available for grills in all shapes, sizes, and designs so chances are you will find one that fits your grill, and keeps it looking stylish.
If you already possess a cover for your barbeque grill, and use it on a regular basis, then you will find doing the regular maintenance steps listed above will help keep your barbeque grill in tip top condition.
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