We all know that Dad is king of the grill. And though he may be quite happy assuming the role of burger-flipper, you can help take the grunt work out of the task by having the grill clean and ready to go. Here are six steps to help get your barbecue in tip-top shape just in time for Father's Day:
1. Fill a bucket or your kitchen sink with a solution of half water and half vinegar. Set the cooking grates in this solution and soak for a few minutes. (If you use soap, add an extra five minutes to your next cooking time to burn off any chemicals which may be left on the grates.)
2. While the grates are soaking, tackle the main grill by softly scrubbing with a wire brush to clean out any ash or buildup which may have accumulated. If you have a gas grill, remove the briquettes or lava rocks to get access to the main burner.
3. Once you've removed all the debris, reassemble the grill.
4. Use a wire brush to clean the grates, taking care to thoroughly clean all sides and crevices. Be careful not to damage or block any of the jets on a gas barbecue.
5. Replace the grates and leave the whole barbecue grill to air dry for at least 15 minutes.
6. Tip: Spray your grill with a light coating of oil for easier cooking and cleaning for next time.
Check out our 30 Days of summer BBQ page for recipe inspiration! And for more grilling tips (how to grill chicken perfectly, how to grill steak), click here.
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