Whether you cook with gas or prefer that charcoal flavor, we’ve got the scoop on how to get your grill ready for summer. (You’re going to need it to host an epic grilling get-together!) So roll up your sleeves, it’s time to get dirty and get that grill clean–inside and out!
Do a Top-to-Bottom Inspection
If your grill hasn’t been used for months, it’s important to give it a good once-over for any problems. For starters, look for any signs of rust, especially if your grill has been outdoors all winter (metal exposed to the elements is more prone to this corrosion). If your grill has been covered or stored in a garage, then check for bugs and pests that may have snuck in during the winter.
It’s also important to check the fuel line on gas grills. After giving it a visual check for any cracks, try the soapy water test. Brush soapy water on the line and along the connections. If you see bubbles while the gas is running, tighten your connections or replace the line.
Clean From the Inside Out
Your gas grill has a lot of parts and pieces! Start by removing debris from the flame tamers (located directly over the burners) with a wire brush. Then remove the flame tamers and check the burners for clogs. Just brush portholes with a stainless steel wire brush in an up-and-down motion like this.
Insects frequently take up residence in burner tubes during the off-season. If tubes are removable, use a garden hose to spray water through the tube or use a long, flexible brush to clean the interior. Make sure tubes are dry before reattaching. Next, check that the grease pan is clean to prevent dangerous grease fires. Give this a look before the season starts and after every few cookouts to make sure it doesn’t overflow.
For a charcoal grill, be sure to empty all ashes and unburnt charcoal from the bowl and ash catcher. Your new charcoal will burn much easier–perfect for grilling our five-star cookout recipes.