Maintaining your grill properly is very important if you want to enjoy the American tradition of grilling. Outdoor barbecue grills are simple gadgets and, if properly cared for, can bring you years of barbecue fun.

Organizing Barbecues

When you decide to barbecue, you must plan what foods you will serve. In addition to deciding on the type of grilled meat, you should also consider what side dishes you want to prepare for the meal. Whether you're hosting a simple family barbecue in your backyard or a special barbecue party to celebrate an important event, advance planning is essential. There are many foods that can be served and your barbecue menu will differ depending on the preferences of your family, friends or guests, as well as on the occasion.

However, the most important element to consider when organizing a barbecue is the weather. Because you'll be eating out, you should obviously plan to barbecue at a time of year when the weather is best. Pay attention to weather forecasts and try to book a backup date if the weather changes.

You should start preparing food for the barbecue in advance. Make sure you start defrosting the meat at least 12 hours before the event and then soak it in the marinade (in your fridge) as you start preparing the side dishes. Barbecue menus vary considerably. When deciding what items you want to include on your menu, be sure to leave plenty of time to prepare food. This is important even if you are hosting a simple family barbecue of grilled burgers and hot dogs served with potato salad and coleslaw.

BBQ grill maintenance

The only maintenance your grill needs is proper cleaning. You will need the following:

Wire mesh brush
Steel wool pads (of the type containing soap)
Liquid dishwasher (mild)
Dry baking soda
Cooking oil spray (to spray on your clean grill before use)

Use a wire mesh brush (preferably brass wire) to clean all surfaces of the grill after it has cooled. Regular brushing will prevent the accumulation of food residue, which becomes extremely difficult to clean if left for a long time. After cleaning all grill surfaces, begin removing grit from the grills. Cleaning your grill grates is important because that's where you put your food for cooking. Once you have removed as much burned food as possible from your grill surfaces and grates, wash the grates with dishwasher soap. Use steel wool pads if necessary and rinse well to remove all traces of soap before using the grill again. You can also use dry baking soda to clean up stubborn build-up on any part of the grill.

Never put off cleaning your grill. The only maintenance you need to do to get the most out of your grill is to clean it properly after each use. If you don't, the grill may malfunction in the long run.

Lack of regular cleaning is the most common reason grill problems occur. If you notice that your grill is not working as well as it used to when you first bought it, try cleaning it thoroughly as described above before considering it "repaired". In most cases, a simple cleaning will restore the grill to its original state

Finally, remember to protect your grill from the weather. You can buy special grill covers in all shapes and sizes. After the barbecue, clean the grill and cover it well. Taking the trouble to plan your barbecues and being meticulous about cleaning and protecting the grill is all you need to do to enjoy years of successful grilling.

Author's Bio: 

These free barbecue tips are designed to help you enjoy your next garden barbecues during the warmer months and will help you improve the safety and quality of your garden barbecue with very little effort.