With summer just around the corner, we can finally start to dream about barbeques once again!
In all likelihood, your grill hasn’t seen the light of day since late August and is now locked away in a garage gathering dust. Our advice on BBQ maintenance will have your grill firing on all cylinders for when you need it. Don’t worry- this isn’t as tedious as it sounds!
A lot of BBQs should come with a suitable BBQ cover included. If yours doesn’t it is definitely worth investing in one to ensure that your BBQ is properly protected during the last couple of weeks before summer.
Naturally, the way you maintain your BBQ largely depends on what sort of BBQ you own. Cleaning a gas grill differs from cleaning a charcoal-fired barbeque.
With a gas grill, it’s important that you keep an eye on your gas piping. A good tip is to run soapy water down your gas line. If bubbles form, you know you must then either tighten or replace your line.
A gas BBQ should also be cleaned regularly. Remove your burners and give them a rinse with soapy water to remove any grime. If it’s not possible to remove the gas burners, give them a rinse with a damp cloth.
No matter what type of barbeque you decide to go for, you’ll have to clean the grates. You wouldn’t let the grate in your oven build up grease and fat, so why would you let your barbeque?
Ensure you use a uquality descaler or cleaner when cleaning your grate. It’s also a good idea to have your grill warm when you begin cleaning to shift grease easier.
Another way to loosen some of the grease lodged on the grill would be to boil some water with the BBQ and leave the lid on. This will generate steam which should make trying to scrub off the more stubborn grease that bit easier.
We can dream about BBQ parties in the blazing sun all we like, but at the end of the day we have to try to be realistic. We don’t know what sort of weather could be thrown at us in May, and it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that we’ll experience a few showers!
With this in mind, rust could be an issue if not managed properly. If yours is looking worse for wear you can paint the exterior of your barbeque with a suitable barbeque heat-resistant paint.
Another issue that could arise if you’re not properly prepared is running out of cooking gas mid-barbeque! Check your tank regularly especially at the start of summer and leave plenty in reserve to avoid this.
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