BBQ Grill Care and Preparation – A Guide to BBQ Maintenance
Whether you are lucky enough to live in a country where you can regularly have barbecue food, or you only get the option once or twice a year, it’s important that you get the prep and BBQ maintenance right. When prepared properly and maintained, a BBQ can go down a treat!
However, to get things right you need to cover a few very specific tasks. A poorly prepared BBQ is not going to be worth the time, and the grill cleaning process after a bad BBQ is a nightmare. Fear not, we have compiled some of the most simplistic outdoor grill performance and outdoor grilling maintenance tips for you!
When it comes to grill cleaning, the process is actually quite simple. You will require a few items, most of which you should probably have around the house anyway. If not, you can pick them up at any supermarket and most department stores.
First off, before using your grill, make sure it has been cleaned. In fact, as a rule of thumb, always clean your grill once you are finished using it. The longer the mess sticks to your grill, the harder it will be to remove in the future.
Using a wire bronze grill brush, you can clean any surface on your BBQ grill with ease. Cleaning regularly prevents any buildup of unwanted debris. Just as important as the grill, though, is the rack. The rack is where the food will be placed when it is cooking, so it has to be as clean as you can get it.
Clean your racks with soap and steel wool bristle pads. Obviously, make sure to rinse off all the soap before using the grill – not only can this damage your grill, but nobody likes a soap burger!
Lastly, make sure that you cover the grill after every use. Leaving it uncovered allows the weather to work its magic on your system and leave you with a damage, sometimes irreparably so, BBQ system. Keeping it covered, and also cleaning it regularly, will keep maintenance simple and the costs down to the pennies rather the pounds!
Prepare For Outdoor Use
When you are using an outdoor grill, the maintenance is pretty much the exact same. You are looking to keep everything germ free, while stopping any build-up of residue or gunk. The difference with outdoor grill maintenance is the need to accommodate for the weather.
Therefore, you need to make sure that you do cover up your grill, as mentioned above. When exposed to the outside elements all the time, rather than just before usage, you run the risk of serious damage to your outdoor grill. Keeping it covered and regularly cleaning it is the most important aspect of making sure your grill is running at top capacity.
Overall, though, running a BBQ is fun and easy, so long as you look after the grill. There is nothing worse than a party being stopped due to a broken grill, so don’t let the party down and make sure you provide top tasting and prepared food!
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