Do you love cooking outdoors and will do anything to have this experience with friends and loved ones? If so, then you have to prepare for it in advance. Summer comes with a lot of activities, including outdoor cooking and grilling. To have the best-grilled dishes, you need to get your outdoor grill ready for the task ahead. Below are a few simple things you could do to achieve this goal.
Start by Visually Inspecting the Grill
The grill may have accumulated a lot of unwanted stuff, including rust or different kinds of damage that you will want to fix before grilling. The best approach is to address any issue immediately. Besides the corrosion build-up and rust that could have occurred, the grill may have some pests hidden inside, especially if covered during the unused period. A covered grill provides a warm and accommodating place for such rodents to build a home. Remove the rodents before proceeding.
Clean the Grill
Before beginning any cooking on your grill, you want to ensure that it is clean and safe to use. Remove any accumulated dirt and ash that may have been left inside. If it is washable, make sure to wash it with a strong hose pipe. Clean all grease from tubes and pipes as grease can lead to unwanted flames. Once the grill interior is clean, wipe down the exterior and leave everything to dry completely before using the grill again. Drying is necessary if you want to avoid rust. When cleaning, use soapy water or specific detergents for grills and ovens.
Replace and Test Grill Parts
The grill has specific components that make it work appropriately. Verify and ensure that the components are well cared for and in good condition. It’s good to replace any excessively worn-out parts with newer parts and test them before using the grill. Everything should work as expected before you grill any food. All this is to avoid avoidable mishaps or accidents due to ignoring easy maintenance and fixes. Inspection is crucial since it clears everything for use. Overlooking something essential such as cracked fuel lines, can cause the grill to burst into flames and can be a serious hazard, so exercising caution is not a choice but a mandatory requirement.
Season the Grill
When everything is ready, and all checks are perfect, you should season the grill. This protects it from moisture effects and prevents premature wear and tear. It also makes cleaning the grill very easy after use, not to mention preventing food from sticking on the grill. You need to use heat-resistant oil to season. Focus on the internal grills and grates and fire up the grill to get high heat. Allow it to burn for 30 minutes for maximum results. Seasoning the grill comes with numerous advantages, including making your grilled food taste better and protecting the grill from damage.
Clean Your Grill Gazebo
Pay attention to the grill gazebo if you have one. In addition to taking care of the grill itself, organize the grill gazebo. Make sure the area is clean and ready for the dining and partying that is to come. You could also get new appropriate seats for the dining area to complete the look. Clean the shelves and patio furniture used in this space thoroughly, especially if it was unused for month