Bonus: Grill Prep and Maintenance
One of the most important things you’ll need for your deck is, of course, a great grilling set up. Here are some great barbeque grill tips and tricks.
- Season your grill. Some grills today have porcelain enamel grates which don’t require seasoning, so check your grill’s manual to avoid any unnecessary effort.
This isn’t about spices. For grills, seasoning is about oil and helps avoid grate rust. For new grills, spray cold grates evenly with a high-heat cooking spray, like canola oil. Then, use medium heat for about 15 minutes until the oil burns off or starts to smoke. Then, at the end of each future grilling session brush off food debris. Now your grill is ready for seasoning before the next use.
- Fire safety. Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby while grilling. Ensure the area around the grill is clear of any flammable objects, including ample room between an open grill lid and other objects (like your home). Regularly check and empty the grill’s grease collection tray. Avoid a grease fire by emptying a full tray.
- Prep food. Prep all meats and veggies inside before you bring them outside to the grill. You’ll need a clean plate to place and serve the grilled food, as well as clean tongs and/or spatula. It’s important not to use the same utensil used with raw meat to remove or serve cooked meat.
- Preheat. Gas grills only need about ten minutes of preheat time. Then, keep the grill’s lid raised while lighting, turn the valve of your propane tank to open, turn one burner on and press the ignition button on the grill. Once the first burner is lit, continue turning on as many other burners as you’d like to use.
Charcoal grills need about 20 minutes to preheat. Discard ashes from any previous use. Next, open all the vents on the bottom of your grill to allow maximum airflow to fan the flame. Start your charcoal grill with a small amount of lighter fluid and some old newspaper or with a chimney starter. Your grill’s manual will provide information about the right charcoal size and shape for your model.
- Grill maintenance. If you’ve regularly checked and emptied the grease tray and brushed food debris from the grates after each use, then you’ve already completed half the maintenance. Additionally, check your propane tank for leaks throughout grill season. Lastly, invest in a grill cover to protect it when not in use.
Resources: bobvila.com, CNET, HFTV.com, Home Depot, HomeTips LLC, Houselogic.com, DIY Network