Looking forward to breaking out your sizzling steak and honey barbecue chicken this summer? Check out our tips to get your barbecue summer-ready so you can keep the steak coming!
Is your barbecue looking tired and dirty? Nothing like its former glory? Fear not: we have the ultimate tips to get your BBQ sizzling in no time.
The possibilities of what you can do with your BBQ charcoal grill are endless, and an alfresco dinner is ideal for summer, so let’s go through all the tips you need to get your barbecue clean and ready.
Tip One – Clean Your BBQ Grill
The first thing you need to do is clean your barbecue. To do this, you should:
- Empty the ash – most grills will have an ash compartment that you can empty. Simply tip this into a garbage bag, or use a pan and brush to sweep the bottom of your grill.
- Clean out the tubes and burners – for this, you will need either a paper clip or a pipe cleaner. Insert the pipe cleaner into the hole (after you have switched the gas off, of course) and rub the inside to get rid of any residue.
- Brush it – to remove a good portion of the charred gunk, you will want to take a barbecue brush with wire bristles and a dish of soapy water and attack. You can also use a stainless steel cleaner or even lemon and water. You should brush all areas inside the grill. Once you are done, take a cloth and wipe up the soapy water and residue. Be sure to check that there aren’t any loose bristles hanging around, too. Those don’t taste too good.
- If all else fails, use white vinegar and water – after brushing, if there is still some tough gristle left on your BBQ grill, it’s time to break out the white vinegar. Use one part water and one part vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray a generous coating all over the grill and hood. Leave for an hour, and when you return, use a damp cloth to wipe away the dirt. Your barbecue grill should be shining!
Tip Two – Gas Maintenance
To ensure your gas is working fully, take the following steps:
- Check for leaks using a bucket and water to see bubbles.
- Check your gas gauge to ensure you have enough gas.
- Check your flame colour. Aim for a blue flame with yellow tips.
Tip Three – Food Prep
Finally, you want to take these steps towards getting your barbecue ready for food:
- Oil up your barbecue and turn on the heat for 15 minutes to season the grill.
- Create a condiment bucket with all your favourite sauces.
- Gather the best recipes you can find to get inspired for the barbecue season.
Or, Avoid The Hassle and Treat Yourself To A New Barbecue!
If you want your barbecue to be summer-ready, it’s going to involve a lot of cleaning. If you want to avoid this, or your BBQ is beyond salvage, try getting a new barbecue.
Check out the Weber barbecue accessories, too, if you want an impressive grill this season! There are rotisserie skewers, pizza stones, cast iron skillets, and more tools to wow your summer guests.
Whether you spend hours cleaning your barbecue grill or get yourself a new one, you’re bound to have a great time serving your guests this summer!