Summer has arrived and the grill is calling your name! Get it ready using these tips:
WATCH FOR GAS LEAKS
There are trade-offs for choosing to use a gas or a charcoal grill over say, an electric grill: maintaining them means extra work and attention, especially if it springs a leak. Not to worry - the propane doesn’t have to be a pain.
To ensure your gas grill doesn’t have a dangerous leak and is ready to go before you grill, you should grab some soapy water to brush your lines and look for bubbles - which indicate a crack - when the gas is running. If you see any, tighten your line connection or replace the line altogether.
MEASURE YOUR FUEL LEVEL
The steak is gonna have to wait if you grill is low on propane, so make sure to prepare with a backup tank or checking the fuel level before you invite the neighbourhood.
Here’s a cool trick if your grill is missing a gauge: Pour some warm water down the side of the tank and wherever it begins to feel cooler is where you fuel level is sitting.
You’ll need a brush that’s sturdy to take on your dirty grill.
Supplies needed: These can vary based on the type of grill, but here is what works:
For most grills, you can use dish soap and water
Stainless steel exteriors need some TLC using a stainless steel cleaner
Rotisserie-style grill grates do well with water and lemon juice
NO FLAME IS THE SAME
Just like a snowflake, no flame is created equal:
If the flames are without the blue colour, this probably means more pressure is needed from the gas tank.
A computer expert would recommend the same if your computer stops working (i.e. turn everything off)
Completely turn off the control valve and the tank
Disconnect the tank
Test by opening and closing the valves before reconnecting and slowly turning it back on
A light coating of cooking oil or PAM can prevent food from sticking and prevent rust, making getting your BBQ ready for next season a breeze.
Hope this has helped you prepare for your guests this summer!
Let us know if you have any other cool BBQ tips in the comments below!