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Spring BBQ Cleaning & Stocking tips


For Gas Grill users:
  • Check for cobwebs and critters. 
  • Inspect hoses using a soap and water mixture. Brush on soap and water on hoses. Turn gas line on. If bubbles form immediately turn off and call a service repair man to replace your hoses.
  • Replace igniter batteries.
  • Wipe down inside and out cabinets.
  • Buy a propane tank gauge.
  • Buy an additional propane tank and securely store it.
  • Check burners and vent holes are not blocked by debris.  Empty all drip pans. Coat with non-stick cooking spray for easy clean up.
  • If your grill has a gasket - Check the gasket is still tight and there are no patches missing.
  • Clean and inspect grates
For Charcoal Grill users:
  • Scrape down internal sides of the BBQ and remove all ash.
  • Clean and inspect grates.
  • Spray vents with WD-40 s they move easily.
  • Inspect legs and bolts to ensure they are tight.
  • Wipe down all handles, and the outside of your grill. 
For Wood Pellet Grill Users:
  • Buy a small 1 gallon shop vac and use it after every 4-5 cooks to remove dust particles.
  • Ensure your pellet grill is level.
  • Empty out the runoff bucket and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Replace the angled pan with foil.
  • Clean and inspect grates.

At the beginning of every season check your supply levels so that you have a great grilling and BBQ season:

  • Baking Soda and Kitchen Rated Fire Extinguisher- Make sure you have a fully charged kitchen rated fire extinguisher easily accessible. Additionally a few boxes of baking soda can help snuff out a grease fire.
  • Propane- Do you have enough? Have a backup tank.
  • Heavy duty grill brush and scraper- keeping your grill clean means less stuck on foods and a safer grilling environment.
  • Instant read thermometer – A must have for cooking to temperature and not overcooking your food.
  • Long handled grill tongs- You need two. One for food; and another for moving charcoal and wood around.
  • Smoker Box or heavy duty foil – It’s all about adding flavor. Having a smoker box or heavy duty foil makes the smoking process a lot easier.
  • Wood Chips, Chunks and planks- There are lots of variety on the market today. Experiment with different flavors to add more to your food.  Keep them in a dry location.
  • Charcoal- Lump, briquettes – Different charcoals can give you different results. Stock up and keep in a dry location.
  • Wood Pellets-Have different flavors on hand so you can change them out to match your food.  These must be kept dry at all times or they will expand and crumble.
  • Spray Bottle- Mist on juices and liquids to add more flavor to your meals.
  • Flat Metal Skewers- Easier to use than wooden skewers. They conduct heat quickly and don’t require soaking. Flat metal skewers are also much easier to turn on the grill.
  • BBQ Rubs & Sauces- Make a few batches of your favorite rubs (keep them in a dry cool place) and sauces or stock up on commercial ones you like.
  • Disposable Aluminum Pans- have a selection on hand for use on the BBQ for resting meats in.  They can also be used to provide a moist environment for your food to cook in.
  • Sauce Brushes- Invest in some good quality silicone brushes that withstand higher heats. This makes saucing easier.
  • Injection Needles – Injecting flavor into food is a great idea to add more to your meal. Invest in a few inexpensive injection needles and have them on hand.

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Diva Q

Diva Q

Professional Grill Master, Diva Q, shares three things she needs for a great BBQ.

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