|Written by Thomas Conroy|
Introduction: Everyone loves a backyard barbecue as a wonderful way to enjoy great food in a relaxing setting, and by knowing how to maintain a gas grill you can assure that your fun day cooking outdoors will go off without a hitch. A poorly maintained gas grill can turn what should be a simple pleasure into a constant source of aggravation, as food cooks unevenly while guests grow impatient waiting 45 minutes to eat a hot dog that lacks flavor.
By maintaining a gas grill in the correct manner a home cook can not only assure that cooking for gatherings will be a snap, but that the food prepared is done so in a hygienic fashion and clean up is simplified by using a few basic tricks.
Step 1: The best way to maintain a gas grill is to implement measures immediately upon finishing cooking to create a routine aimed at good maintenance practices. By doing this, when the next occasion to use the gas grill is at hand use will be easier without any unnecessary work involved. When a backyard barbecue has been completed the first step to maintain a gas grill is to make certain the grill is cleaned thoroughly.
After the cooking surface has cooled sufficiently large food particles can be removed using a stiff-bristled brush, the cooking grate cleaned with soap and water and the surface sprayed with a non-stick spray to keep the cooking surface lubricated. The interior body of the gas grill can be wiped with a damp cloth and then dried to remove any grease build-up.
Step 3: In addition to this the ceramic briquettes or lava stone that are used in the gas grill need to be cleaned if possible, and if they are especially dirty they can be discarded and replaced with new ones.
Once a year the gas burners should be examined and cleaned if necessary, and a gas grill should always be stored for the winter either without a propane tank attached or one that is empty to prevent any possible leaks from occurring. To best maintain a gas grill a grill cover should always be used when the unit is not in use, whether stored outdoors or inside to keep dirt from accumulating.