Grill Cleaning Tips and Hacks

July is National Grilling Month so I decided to pass on a few tips to keep your grill in tip top shape. Since this weekend is July 4th, many part time BBQ chefs will try to fire up their neglected grills. I suspect those grills are not in the best shape and need a little love. The performance of your grill can diminish over time if has not been maintained properly. Low temperatures, uneven heat, hot spots and food sticking to grates are all possible side effects of poor grill cleaning and maintenance.

Most of the year I use my grill at least two times a week. I try to keep my grill clean and ready to go. I give my Weber a thorough cleaning in the spring and fall and also follow these tips from Weber.com monthly. I also have provided 10 grilling hacks to help you become a grill master. So get out there, clean up your grill and cook up some great food this weekend.

Happy Grilling!

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Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Burger

Grill Cleaning and Maintenance Tips:

  1. Wipe the outside of the grill lid with a paper towel and cleaner (glass cleaner for porcelain-coated lids and stainless steel cleaner for stainless steel lids). If your grill is stainless steel, you’ll get the best results by buffing with the grain, not against, using a microfiber towel.
  2. Clean side tables with a microfiber towel and stainless steel cleaner. Again, make sure to buff with the grain. If your tables are made of theromset plastic, use a mild dish detergent and warm water instead.
  3. Cleaning a cook box may seem tricky, but it’s actually extremely simple and can have a big impact on the way your grill performs. When your grill is completely cool, carefully remove your cooking grates and Flavorizer bars. Then, using a stainless steel grill brush, brush all excess grease and debris from inside the cook box into the bottom tray. From here, it will be easy to discard.
  4. It’s a good practice to burn off any food residue left on your grill by turning all your burners to high for 15 minutes before grilling. When your grill reaches these high temperatures, food debris will turn to ash, and will then be easy to brush off using a stainless steel bristle brush. Courtesy of Weber.com

Grilling Hacks

  1. Use an onion to clean and oil grill grates. Place 1 tbsp of oil in small bowl. Cut onion in half and soak cut side in oil. Use fork to rub onion on grill grates. Cleans and oils the grates and adds a nice flavor.
  2. Bring marinated meat to room temperatures and pat dry before grilling. Excess marinade on meat will cause it to steam and not grill, even at high temperatures. Baste with sauce if needed.
  3. Place meat on a platter covered with plastic wrap before bringing to the grill. After placing meat on the grill, remove plastic wrap. You have a clean platter ready to serve cooked meats.
  4. Bring all meats to room temperature before grilling.
  5. Make sure your grill is hot before starting.
  6. KEEP THE LID CLOSED as much as possible to retain heat and create even cooking.
  7. Brush sauces containing sugar on the meat the last five minutes of cooking. Keeps the sauce from burning.
  8. Cook all meats to proper temperature. Nothing ruins a party like under cooked meats.
  9. Check gas level before starting to grill. Keep and extra tank on hand. I have my grill hooked up to my homes natural gas so I never run out.
  10. Sear meat on high direct heat then finish cooking meat on indirect heat to ensure moist even cooking.Grilling Hacks

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Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Burgers

Fathers Day is coming up this weekend and I wanted to get this awesome burger recipe posted so you can make them for your father or husband. It’s a great twist on two favorites; Philly Cheese Steaks and Burgers.

My father passed away two years ago after battling heart disease, for over 30 years. He lived a long time with a disease that killed most of his brothers at a much earlier age. My dad was a good christian man, who would help anyone and was always there for my mother, who is blind. I think he lived as long as he did because he felt the need to take care of her.

I’m also lucky enough to have a great father-n-law, John. John has always been very supportive and a great help on projects around the house. As I was once a builder and re-modeler, we usually make a pretty good team with projects my wife wants us to complete.

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John has a gift for building furniture, which I do not possess. He has made many of the pieces in our home. For Christmas, this year, he made us a built-in entertainment center for our great room. Last week Continue reading Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Burgers

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Fire Sticks with Cherry Habanero BBQ Sauce

This is the fantastic recipe to go along with my  Cherry Habanero BBQ Sauce. I was a little long-winded with that post so I will keep this one more focused on the food, instead of my rants. Check it out, it’s a good read and you will learn how to make an awesome sauce. This would be a great dish to make next weekend for Father Day..

I am very lucky this week to be co-hosting Fiesta Friday #72 with Naina @ Spice in the City. She has a great blog with an international flavor.  I’ll be bringing this to Fiesta Friday number 72; Fiesta Friday is an ongoing blogging party put on by Angie of The Novice Gardener. Stop by today and bring your virtual dish. 

If you’re a blogger and you haven’t yet joined in the Fiesta Friday fun, what are you waiting for? It’s a good way to share recipes with a great group of bloggers and show off your great creations. It’s easy and here’s The Guidelines – just make sure to link properly on your blog and Fiesta Friday’s so we can find you. And if you’re not a blogger, I know you’ll enjoy seeing all the posts and maybe you could be featured. Happy FF!!

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Valentine’s Day Dinner

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Here is the menu I promised for you to impress your significant other on Valentine’s Day. Why go out when you can show your loved one your appreciation with food from the heart. My menu includes grilled strip steak, Broiled asparagus and Pommes Anna (potatoes anna). Each of these dishes are fairly simple to prepare. The Pommes Anna takes some time to prep but cooking is easy and the presentation and taste is wonderful. To me the seasoning of steaks and asparagus should be simple. Let the flavors of the ingredients come through. Pommes Anna can be made in individual ramekins for a more intimate presentation.

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Valentine's Day Dinner

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Here is the menu I promised for you to impress your significant other on Valentine’s Day. Why go out when you can show your loved one your appreciation with food from the heart. My menu includes grilled strip steak, Broiled asparagus and Pommes Anna (potatoes anna). Each of these dishes are fairly simple to prepare. The Pommes Anna takes some time to prep but cooking is easy and the presentation and taste is wonderful. To me the seasoning of steaks and asparagus should be simple. Let the flavors of the ingredients come through. Pommes Anna can be made in individual ramekins for a more intimate presentation.

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Smoked Pork Shoulder

I love smoked meats. I’m not sure what it is; the rubs, the meats, the flavors, or the way the smoke tantalizes the neighborhood with that sweet smoky wonderful aroma.

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I have smoked just about every type of meat and seafood (smoked trout or salmon makes an awesome dip: upcoming post) over the years using many different methods and cooking styles. Today I usually just use my Weber gas grill with a cast iron smoker box. I prefer apple or alder chips with some hickory chunks thrown in for good measure. This is one of my recipes for pork shoulder. I hope you enjoy.

Serve with my roasted veggie hash recipe posted on the blog. The veggie hash is one of my kids favorites and a great way to get them to eat more vegetables.

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Pub Grub (ABTs and Wings)

This looks great. I need to try this and also post my stuffed jalapeño recipe

Pub Grub (ABTs and Wings).

Orecchiette Pasta with Ham, Mushrooms and Peas

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The weather is finally getting warm here in the Midwest. At least for a few days! Tonight I decided to grill some simple Italian dressing marinated pork chops. I try to grill year round, but not as much in the winter. I decided to make a pasta side dish because we were out of potatoes and I had cooked rice the night before. For this dish I am using Orecchiette (little ears) pasta. Any type of pasta will do but is what I had in the pantry. This also could be a main dish. My kids love it.

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