Did you cook your turkey on the grill this year? Don’t stop there! Cooking on the grill in the winter is a special treat. Not only can you take great pride in braving the elements and shoveling a path to the grill, but also in the enjoyment of eating grilled food that some reserve only for warmer months. Seeing the neighbors’ envious faces as you carry in that platter of deliciousness is the cherry on the top.
With Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner, why not try prime rib, ham or lobster on the grill?
But, before you begin, make sure your grill is ready. Whether you prefer cooking on a gas grill, charcoal grill or a smoker, be sure the grill is clean and everything is in good condition, so you can enjoy your guests once the cooking begins.
These tips take only minutes to do, and will assure safe grilling on the big day.
For Gas Models:
Check for leaks!
Whenever changing or disconnecting an LP tank, perform a leak check when the tank is reconnected. A simple soapy water solution applied to the connection is all you need. With the control knobs off, turn on the tank. If bubbles form, DO NOT USE THE GRILL! There is a gas leak. Try a different tank!
Brush the burner tubes!
Using a clean Weber stainless steel brush, brush across the portholes to clear all oxidation and debris from the ports. Do not brush lengthwise, as that may push more into the holes. Blocked portholes can cause a back flash fire.
Check the cookbox!
Excess grease can collect on the sides of the cookbox over time. Grease is flammable! Use a plastic scraper to push all grease into the bottom tray (grease tray).
Clean out the bottom tray (grease tray)!
Use a plastic scraper to push all of the excess grease into the catch pan. Again, grease is flammable!
Empty the catch pan and toss the aluminum catch pan liner!
Replace the catch pan liner. Remember, grease is flammable!
For Charcoal Models:
Clean out all ashes!
Empty all ashes and unburnt charcoal from the bowl and ash catcher before you grill. Your charcoal will burn easier, and no burning ash will end up outside the grill.