When it comes to summer recipes, it’s hard to think of a cookout menu that doesn’t include BBQ chicken and juicy burgers. But according to an annual study conducted by one of the top grill manufacturers, close to half of Americans fire up the grill all year round—so these BBQ tips for cleaning your grill and getting it ready aren’t necessarily just for Memorial Day! Another fact from the same study says that less than half of grill owners own a thermometer; we hope you’re not one of them! Before you peruse our top-rated BBQ recipes, please be sure to check out our guide to safe BBQ cooking temperatures. Just remember that a clean grill is a safer grill.
- Most barbecue manufacturers recommend that your BBQ be cleaned thoroughly at least once a year. This is on top of your usual cleaning after every use.
- Remove the grates and wash with hot soapy water.
- Wipe down the connections, lines and lid (inside and out) with hot soapy water.
- Remove old or dirty lava rocks and replace with new ones.
- Check the burner. If it looks good visually, light the BBQ and make sure it is supplying an even flame. If not, then replace it. Most burners only last about 2 seasons, depending on how often you use your BBQ.
- While the grates and lava rocks are out, clean up any grease or ash that may have accumulated on the bottom of the barbecue.
- Clean the Venturi tubes that supply gas to the burner. Bugs, dirt and grease can clog them over the winter and prevent full gas supply from coming through. Check your owner's manual for the recommended cleaning technique for your grill.
- Check your cleaning brush, BBQ mitts and utensils. If any are worn or dirty, replace with new tools.