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It's Never too Late to Spring Clean Your Grill

Some folks argue that a dirty grill just adds to the flavor of the barbecue. At Adams Rib Rubb, we lean more on the side of not grossing folks out with a gunky grill. You do you. But if it's time to clean up your grill, here's what you need to know.

Deep Clean Your Charcoal Grill

Taking care of your charcoal grill is a breeze. If you've been cooking on it or if you stored it for the winter without tidying up, there are a few extra steps - but nothing you can't handle.

  1. If your grill is dirty: Empty the ash catcher. Then, remove the grates and use a trowel or putty knife to scrape off any solid ash or drippings in the bottom of the firebox. Use a grill cleaner to tackle crud that won't budge. Then, rinse the grill with a hose or power washer.
    If you cleaned your grill last fall: Rinse your grill off with the hose.
  2. Check for rust. If you find dings and rust spots, sand them. Then, touch up the grill with a paint that's heatproof. If your grill is powder coated, look for heat-flaked paint. The manufacturer might stock paint to match your grill.
  3. Lube up. A little WD-40 on sticky wheels, vents, or ash catchers will make grilling a much better experience.
  4. Prep your grates. If your grates are warped, it's probably time for replacements. But otherwise? Put the grates in position and build a hot fire. Let it burn for about 20 minutes, then spray the hot grates with water. This will help loosen the gunk on the grates so you can brush them with a grill brush. Finally, oil the bars with a grill oiler or a paper towel dipped in vegetable oil.
  5. Check your fuel. A grill that's ready to go is no fun without fuel. Make sure you have fresh charcoal or wood chips.

Clean Up that Gas Grill

Don't learn the hard way that a family of critters has taken up residence in your gas grill over the winter. Here's how to get ready for your next cookout.

  1. Wish any critters farewell. Check the manifolds, burner values and connectors for cobwebs and any unwelcome guests. Compressed air can help get rid of debris.
  2. Empty and clean the grease trap or drip pan. If needed, replace any disposable foil pans, too.
  3. Tidy up. Use a grill cleaner to wash the interior of the grill. If your grill is polished stainless steel, you have two options for cleaning the exterior. Use a commercial cleaner designed for stainless steel or wipe it down with a mixture of water, dish soap and white vinegar.
  4. Check for leaks. Inspect the hoses of your fuel-delivery system. They shouldn't be brittle or crimped. And your propane tank shouldn't be rusty or bulging. 
  5. Check igniters. Press the igniter button. You should hear a clicking noise or see a spark. If you don't, change the battery. You can do this by unscrewing the lock nut at the base of the button or behind the control panel. Usually a AA battery will do the trick.
  6. Clear the burner tubes. Remove the grates and light the grill. Watch the burners. If any holes are clogged, you can clear them with a thin piece of wire.
  7. Check your fuel. A near-empty propane tank has ruined many a cookout. Know that a full tank weighs about 38 pounds. You can gauge the amount of propane with several apps, too. We're fans of always having an extra tank on hand, just in case.

Ready to Grill

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