What is your favorite thing to cook on the grill? It is that time of the year folks. For many of us, firing up the grill for the first time of the year usually happens around Memorial Day. No matter your favorite cut of meat, there are a few things that you need to check out before getting underway to ensure that you have a safe and successful day in front of the grill.
If your grill or smoker has been sitting dormant for several months, you want to check for dirt daubers which can stop up gas connections, close smoke holes or, even worse, wind up on that lovely slab of ribs that you have been tending for hours.
Once you have sent your flying friends packing until next year, check to make sure your grill grates are clean and don’t need to be replaced. I have a Weber grill that I have had for four years now. I just replaced the grate and it is like new. A new grate is a fraction of the cost of a new grill. Trust me.
Next, I like to make sure to clean out any grease traps which may be holding grease from the last party. This is also a good time to dump any ashes.
Once everything is looking good, make sure that you have plenty of charcoal, gas or wood, depending on the method you like to use. There is nothing worse than thinking about a juicy steak all day, it’s finally time, you’re home for the weekend, you go to light the grill and there’s no gas or charcoal.
At this point, I like to light the grill up and check the thermometers and gas flow, if using a gas grill. While the grill is hot, it is a good time to clean the grates off, too. I would suggest buying a cheap wire brush. If you get a grill brush, they will charge you more for putting “grill” on the package.
I hope that you have a great summer filled with lasting memories. And remember, if you don’t feel like firing up the grill, you can always let us do the work for you.