Get Your Grill in Great Shape for Summer

Planning a big barbecue for Father’s Day this weekend? Give your grill a thorough tune-up for a perfect party and a season of great grilling. (Come to think of it, this would be a great “gift” for dad!) Use this list to get you started:

  • Before you begin, disconnect fuel line.
  • Use a steel wire brush to scrub away any loose debris, rust, or decay from grates, burners, and hoses.
  • If burners or grates have large pieces of rust or peeling paint or finish, replace them. (Most hardware stores sell replacement parts.) These pieces can catch fire and release dangerous toxins into your food.
  • Soak grates in hot, soapy water to loosen any excess grime. Use a steel wool pad to scrub them clean.
  • Use a wet, steel wool pad to clean the inside of the hood. Add a little baking soda for tough stains.
  • Remove, drain, and clean grease traps. Left ignored, these can ignite and cause a fire.
  • Use a screw driver to tighten any loose handles, wheels, hinges, handles or knobs.
  • Make sure any tubes or hoses are clear and that fasteners are tight.
  • Use a piece of wadded aluminum foil to scrub any grime or grit off the exterior of the grill.
  • Reconnect fuel line and replace grates.
  • Turn burners on high heat and allow grill to cook for 10 minutes. This will burn off any soap or residual chemicals. After 10 minutes, shut off the heat.
  • When grill has cooled completely, spray grates with cooking oil. This will prevent rust and keep foods from sticking to grates.
  • If you don’t have one already, invest in a grill cover. More than anything else, this will extend the life of your grill.
  • Always grill outdoors and at least 20 feet from any building.
  • After each use, scrub grates while still hot with your steel wire brush, then spray with cooking spray.

Have a wonderful Father’s Day weekend and a summer of grilling greatness!

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