Barbecue and summer go hand in hand, but if you want to keep grilling throughout the summer months then taking care of your grill needs to be a priority. The grill really isn’t a complicated piece of equipment but if you look after it, it will last for years. Gas grills are fairly easy to clean but the charcoal grills are going to be a bit more work. Let’s look at what you need to do to take care of your grill.
Tools You Will Need
Maintaining your grill really boils down to keeping it clean and protected so here are the tools you will need to keep it clean all season long.
- Wire Brush
- Steel Wool
- Dish Soap
- Baking Soda
- Cooking Oil
Cleaning Your Grill
After you have used your grill and you have shut the gas off and the grill is cooling down then you will use the wire brush to clean off any food debris. Doing this on a regular basis keeps food residue from building up and making it impossible to clean later. Get all of the food debris off of the rack, keeping these clean is important this is the part of the grill your food touches. Once you have brushed off all of the burnt food then you want to wash them in hot soapy water and use the steel wool to remove any remaining food. Rinse your grills well and make sure there is no soap left behind. Here is a look at cleaning your grill.
The more that you put off cleaning your barbecue grill the harder it will be to get clean. To keep your grill working properly you will want to take a couple of minutes and clean after every time you cook on it. Failing to clean it regularly is the most common reasons that people have problems with their grills. If you find that your grill isn’t working the way it should, give it a good clean before calling in a repair person.
Lastly, you will need to protect your grill from the weather. There are tons of different grill covers that you can get at your local hardware store. Once you have finished cleaning your grill then you can put the cover over it to protect it from the rain. If you only use the grill seasonally and it is too cold in the winter to grill then you may want to move it to the garage, if not then make sure it is tightly covered for the winter season.