Whenever summer approaches there are many things to look forward to, but arguably none more so than the backyard barbecue. However, nobody wants to pull his or her barbecue out from storage only to find that it’s not in working order. So, lest you have to drop to your knees and let out a bellowing “NOOOOOOOOOOOOO” while you mourn the loss of your beloved Grillmaster 3000, let’s take a look at a few barbecue maintenance tips.
Most issues encountered with a barbecue not working properly are due to improper cleaning. After all, if something is full up of gunk it’s unlikely to work as it should.
As such, the grill should be cleaned after every use. Your best bet is to use a stiff wire brush and go to town after cooking is finished. Wait for the grill to cool a bit (though not all the way) and remove any remaining food particles. You can also brush on some cooking oil to help prevent rusting. After all food is removed you can brush the grill lightly with baking soda to help polish it up and keep it looking nice.
The other most important thing is to keep your barbecue protected from the elements. Other than food build-up this is the most common source of problems. It is advised that you buy a barbecue cover that fits your particular product nicely. This will protect it from rain, hail and kids looking for things to finger-paint.
Hopefully these tips will help keep your barbecue in tip-top shape so that when you roll it out you’re all set to grill a feast the likes of which your neighbors have ever seen. Bonus points if your neighbors are jealous.