How To Get Prepared For BBQ Season!
After several months of wet, gloomy rain, we’re back to sunny Aussie weather. And as spring settles in, it’s time to pull all the barbies out of storage and enjoy a season of delicious outdoor roasting before Christmas gets here with its December delights. If you don’t have a home barbeque, the first thing you need to do is get one.
Weber is a popular model for barbeque ovens, and there’s an official supplier here in Australia, so that would be a good place to start shopping. You can get a freestanding Weber unit powered by gas or charcoal. There are also portable counter-top versions, as well as accessories like cooking thermometers, tongs, mitts, and cookbooks.
If you already own a grill, you need to prep it for regular use. It’s probably been on a shelf or inside a shed for a few months now, and it will need some tender loving care before you can throw some juicy slabs of meat on it.
Gas grills are the most convenient barbecuing units because they light instantly. But they’re also the most likely to cause accidents if they are improperly handled. Bring your gas oven out into a well -lit outdoor area so that you can inspect it for damage.
The most important thing to check is the hose, Look at it carefully to see if there are any holes or leaks. You can turn on the gas for a few seconds and sniff the air to see if there is any gas escaping since this might indicate a leak. If there’s one, find the source of the leak and repair it, or buy a new hose. They’re not too expensive.
Even if the gas pipe has no holes, it may have a lot of accumulated grime. Use a soft brush to remove surface dirt, then clean it off carefully using a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. Start by wiping the hose with white vinegar, then let it sit for a bit to loosen the dirt. You can also pour the vinegar into a spray bottle and douse the pipe.
Wait a few minutes then wipe it off to remove the dirt. Next, sprinkle baking soda onto a moist rag and use this rag to wipe the hose, getting rid of the rest of the grime. Make sure the rag is soft and non-abrasive so that you don’t perforate the gas pipe.
Do a final wipe with a cloth wrung out of clean water. Once the hose is clean, check it again. With the greasy build-up gone, it will be easier to spot any damage to the hose. In addition to cleaning the hose, you need to wash the grill and your grilling tools.
You can clean the tools in a dishwasher, but the grill itself should be cleaned without soap. The soap will likely leave a residue that can affect the flavour of your barbequed food. Take the grill apart and clean its parts with a damp cloth or a wire brush. Grime be cleaned using white vinegar and baking soda, just like the hose.
When you take the grill apart, remember to deal with the grease trap as well. Pour out any accumulated grease and dump it in a compost pit or garbage disposal. Clean the grease trap with vinegar and baking soda. It may help to line it aluminum foil so that the next clean-up is easier. You’ll only have to throw out the used foil.
Before you get all excited and call the neighbors for a cook-out, test the grill to make sure it’s fully functional. Light the flame and let it burn for a few minutes, listening for any strange sounds or sputters that might indicate a blockage.
If your barbeque grill is charcoal powered, run it through the same routine. Take it apart and clean it, getting rid of any residue. Then, load it with a little charcoal and light it. To avoid wasting fuel, you can test it by cooking a few sausages or toasting some marshmallows.
Once you’re sure that your grill is working, you’re officially ready for barbeque season. Gather your favourite barbeque crew and let the fun begin. If you intend to host a particularly large group, ask your guests if they have any portable grills that they can bring to the party. And remind them to clean theirs as well. Enjoy!