The Secret to Great Grilling: Giving Your Grill a Little TLC

Grill TLC

With the cold of winter finally (hopefully?) behind us, people are getting busy gearing up for warm weather. Many are outside cleaning up the yard, taking out the patio furniture and swapping out their winter tires. The important question many forget to ask: is their grill ready for spring? I’ve always made grill maintenance a top priority. If your grill isn’t cared for you risk flare-ups, uneven cooking, and unnecessary wear and tear on your grill. The good folks at Weber have put together some great maintenance tips to help keep your grill in tip-top shape:

  • Wipe the outside of the grill lid with a paper towel and cleaner (glass cleaner for porcelain-coated lids and stainless steel cleaner for stainless steel lids). If your grill is stainless steel, you’ll get the best results by buffing with the grain, not against, using a microfiber towel.
  • Clean side tables with a microfiber towel and stainless steel cleaner. Again, make sure to buff with the grain. If your tables are made of theromset plastic, use a mild dish detergent and warm water instead.
  • Cleaning a cook box may seem tricky, but it’s actually extremely simple and can have a big impact on the way your grill performs. When your grill is completely cool, carefully remove your cooking grates and Flavorizer bars. Then, using a putty knife, scrape all excess grease and debris from inside the cook box into the bottom tray. From here, it will be easy to discard.
  • It’s a good practice to burn off any food residue left on your grill by turning all your burners to high for 15 minutes before grilling. When your grill reaches these high temperatures, food debris will turn to ash, and will then be easy to brush off using a stainless steel bristle brush.
  • While cleaning the grill, take stock of any rusted or corroded pieces. Call the manufacturer’s customer service to order and assemble new parts. In addition, help to keep the grill protected from the elements by investing in a durable, weather resistant cover.

Source: Weber-Stephen Products LLC

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