5 Outdoor Barbecue Grill Tips That Will Have You Ready For BBQ Season.I know it may not feel like BBQ season yet, but it's coming, and Easter weekend will be a great time to fire up the grill for the first time.
But before you start doing any grilling, you want to make sure your grill is clean and safe first.
With that in mind, I want to share our 5 tips to getting your grill ready to cook up some burgers, steak or chicken.
How To Get Your Outdoor Barbecue Grill Ready
1. Safety First - Check Your Hose For Leaks
Your grill has most likely been sitting all winter, so take a few minutes to look it over before you light it.
With your gas grill, you will want to check the hose from your propane to your burners and make sure it's intact, tight and clean.
If you see any build-up on the hose and connections, make sure you clean it off before starting your grill.
If the hose has any holes or cracks, it's safer to just replace it.
2. Get It Clean
First you will want to clean your outdoor barbecue grill, a good firm brush with wire bristles with warm water and soap will work fine.
Once done make sure to take the time to inspect your grill and make sure you haven't left any wire bristles on your grill surface.
For a charcoal grill, you will want to clean out the ashes and cleaning out the cook box for your gas grill.
Also for gas grills, check that your grease tray is cleaned and drip pans are replaced, if needed, this will help avoid flare-ups.
3. Get It Oiled
Giving your grill a light coat of oil will help it from rusting up on you and keeps food from sticking.
Plus it makes it much easier for clean after each time you use your grill.
4. Test Fire Before You Do Any Cooking
Before you start cooking, you will want to do a test fire to make sure everything is working correctly.
Light it up, and let it burn for 5 minutes, you will want to make sure all your burners are flaming and you don't see any leaks or pops.
5. Flame Color Matters
During your test fire, you will want to also pay attention to your flame color.
You will want to have a nice blue flame with a yellow tip, that will tell your gas lines are working correctly.
Now if you see a all yellow flame, that may mean your pressure is off. To fix you will want to shut everything down, disconnect your line and the tank, and open and close your valves.
Once you do that, you can reconnect everything and turn your gas on again and check the flame again.
Hope our 5 tips help you get your grill ready and safe.
Now that you have your outdoor barbecue grill ready for BBQ season, you will want to make sure you have the best tools to help you grill up the best food possible.