Summer Grilling Tips
May, 2013 · By Coryanne Ettiene
Summer is back and so too are those lazy summer nights spent in your “outdoor kitchen” where laughter and memories mingle in the open air. I have yet to meet anyone who does not go weak in the knees at the prospect of hovering around a plate of grilled summer delights with the sun on our shoulders, and then bashfully skirts around once the sun goes down to avoid cleaning the grill….But taking care of your grill can be simple, if you know the right tricks.
5 Tips to help you love your BBQ
- Inspect, repair and replace your grill parts once a year. While your BBQ is cool, inspect your burners, grill plates, lava rocks/ceramic briquettes and every nook and cranny of your grill. The objective is to ensure that there is nothing blocking the flow of gas to ensure that your BBQ is cooking evenly. Clean everything thoroughly, and anything that cannot be cleaned should be replaced.
- Clean your grill plates. If you neglected your grill plates the last time you cooked, fire up the BBQ to warm up your plates before cleaning them. The trick with cleaning your grill plates is to clean your grill plates after you cook, not before– This prevents food from sticking on your grill making it much easier to cook on. Once warm, take a wire brush and clean the grill plates, olive oil is a trade secret that most grilling experts use because it effortless removes chard food, and does not damage the grill plates.
- Quick Clean. If you are in a hurry, or generally have an aversion to cleaning, use a half of a large white onion or lemon to give your grill a quick clean once the grill is warm — it will not only smell lovely, but it will give you a ‘good enough’ clean.
- Clean the exterior. With the inside sparkling, focus on cleaning the exterior. Mix a solution of standard baking soda and warm water and get scrubbing–this pure cleaning agent will help to revive the exterior of your grill to its original shine.
- Remove the ashes. If you are using traditional briquettes or wood, remove the ashes after each use. When ashes become wet, they create a caustic base, or a lye, which can eat up the base of your BBQ.