Show Notes: Getting your grill ready for summer (4/12/14)
Don’t wait for barbecue day to ready your grill for that delicious hamburger or steak
Most barbecue manufacturers recommend that your BBQ be cleaned thoroughly at least once a year. This is on top of your usual cleaning after every use.
For gas barbecues, use compressed air to remove spider webs from burner assemblies.
Remove the grates and wash with hot soapy water OR cleaning grates is a breeze with a good pressure washer.
Wipe down the connections, lines and lid (inside and out) with hot soapy water.
Remove old or dirty lava rocks and replace with new ones.
Check the burner. If it looks good visually, light the BBQ and make sure it is supplying an even flame. If not, then replace it. Most burners only last about 2 seasons, depending on how often you use your BBQ.
While the grates and lava rocks are out, clean up any grease or ash that may have accumulated on the bottom of the barbecue.
Clean the Venturi tubes that supply gas to the burner. Bugs, dirt and grease can clog them over the winter and prevent full gas supply from coming through. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended cleaning technique for your grill.
Getting rid of rust is important. Rust can be quickly whittled down to size using a wire brush and rust solvent. Use a can of spray paint to spot-prime where rust has been removed. Be sure to use a heat-resistant metal paint.
Check your cleaning brush, BBQ mitts and utensils. If any are worn or dirty, replace with new tools.
Another Way To Clean Your Barbecue Grates
Its quite simple actually, place your BBQ grill on the top rack in your oven, place a cookie sheet or foil on the rack below your BBQ grill to catch any of the yucky stuff that might fall through. Set your oven to 500 degrees and let it “cook itself clean” for one hour. Let it cool off before handling. Here is the trade off from the ammonia method –instead of the strong odor of ammonia; you might get a smoky kitchen. You can avoid most of the smoke by opening a few windows and turning the fan on over your stove.
Once your grill has cooled, you will notice it looks very similar to the way it looked before you put it in. Don’t be fooled. What was crusted on gook has now become ash, and most of it can easily be brushed off. After you brush off the ash, give your grill a quick wash off with some dish detergent and hot water.
Teflon Grilling Sheets: http://www.bbqezy.com/nonstick_bbq_cooking_sheets_with_teflon.html
BroilMaster Barbecues: http://www.broilmaster.com/
Salmon cooked in the dishwasher: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/cooking-tips-techniques/cooking/bob-blumers-dishwasher-salmon-recipe-00000000022899/