Our long cool spring is about to turn into hot summer weather. This signals the season to drag out your grill and get ready to cook.
In years past the main food being grilled was hamburgers, hot dogs, steak and maybe some chicken. Now many people are enjoying fish, vegetables and even fruit that have been cooked on the grill.
But first, it is important to prepare your grill for the season. Assuming you cleaned your grill before putting it away for the winter, just a light cleaning and rubbing some cooking oil on the grates is all needs to be done. But, if you didn’t clean it then before winter, you will need to do so now. If you have the manufacturers instructions for cleaning your grill use those instructions.
If not, remove grates and scrape with a stiff brush all dried food particles off of the grate. Using hot sudsy water in a large dish pan or sink, soak grates for a few minutes. Sprinkling a little dishwasher soap will help quickly loosen up the dirt and grease as dishwasher soap contains water softener. With a large sponge wash grates, using the brush, if needed for stubborn dried on foods. Rinse thoroughly with hot water and dry. Season grates with cooking oil. With a broom sweep cobwebs or other particles that may have gotten on or in your grill. With the large sponge wipe off the outside of the grill and the shelves or side counters attached to your grill. Dry off the outside. Now you are good to go!
If you are using a propane grill, make sure you get your propane tank filled. If you use a charcoal grill, look for sale prices on charcoal and lighter fluid. If you grill a lot it is cheaper to purchase the large bags of charcoal and large cans of lighter fluid. Make sure you have a spray bottle nearby full of water to use on flames. Go over your instructional manual on how to properly operate your grill.
- Never use the platter you had the raw meats on to place the cooked meats on. Either use a different platter or thoroughly wash that platter.
- For ease of grilling, use long utensils such as spatula, fork, tongs and a brush for basting.
- Keep young children away from the hot grill.
- After using your grill, for a propane grill always remember to turn the grill and propane off. When using a charcoal grill, sprinkle water over the coals to cool them down quickly.
- 1 c. onion powder
- 1/8 c. garlic powder
- 3 T. paprika
- 3 T. dried thyme
- 3 T. basil
- 1 T. lemon peel
- 1 T. black pepper
- 1/2 T. salt
- 3 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
In large bowl combine all ingredients until thoroughly blended or pour ingredients in large bottle, close and shake until thoroughly blended. Pour into large bottle with a shaker top.
Use on steaks, ribs, roasts, pork chops, chicken, turkey, fish or even vegetables before grilling.
Tip: For best results sprinkle seasoning on meats cover and refrigerate for 4 or more hours before grilling.
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