|Mexican Steak and Stuffed Mushrooms|
by David Huston
Spring is here, the temperature is on the rise, and people are starting to go outside to enjoy the weather. But, before you grill you should do a couple of chores that will ensure your safety and make grilling fun and tasty.
First of all clean your grill, if it has not been used since last fall you my have some move in friends (spiders, birds, or rodents) so be careful opening the lid to avoid surprises.
Then remove the grill grates and clean them completely. If you have a stainless steel grate or metal grate you may soak in soap and water them use a scratch pad to scrub with. If you have cast iron or iron grates DO NOT USE SOAP. Use a grill brush to scrap the grill, then use plain warm water to clean the grill, then use olive, vegetable, or canola oil to re-season the grates, turn the grill on and burn for 15 minutes, then wipe with water towel again and your ready to use the grates.
While you have the grates off, if you have a charcoal grill, now is a great time to clean out all the old ashes from last year and to do a general wipe down of the grill inside and out. If you own a propane or gas grill, check you connection at the gas line for leaks (use soap and water mix around the connection and if no bubbles appear your good to go), repair any leaks or problems you may find. Then check your heating elements, making sure there are no clogs or plug ups. Clean with soap and water. Check your auto-light button to make sure operational, if not these are cheap and easy to replace. Wipe down inside and outside of grill.
Once you have inspected, cleaned, and reassembled your grill you are ready to take on the world and BBQ for the months to come. Follow this blog and I will have some great BBQ recipes as well as some easy summer favorites.