Prep your Grill for Spring | Top Five Tips from Tony Roma
If you’re familiar with the name Tony Roma, then you know it means delicious barbecue. Who, then, is better equipped to bring you tips for getting your grill ready for the spring? With the weather warming up, you’ll want to get outside and enjoy it, and some of that outdoor time will almost certainly involve barbecue. Here are some tips from Tony Roma for getting your grill warm weather ready so you’ll have it when you need it.
- First, give your grill a once-over, for safety’s sake. If you have a gas grill, this means checking the hose from the propane to the burners to make sure it’s clean and in good working order. It’s better to replace a hose than to have it catch on fire! For a charcoal grill, look for rust. It’s better to replace a rusty part than deal with disaster when the bottom falls out during a barbecue.
- Spring-cleaning is good for grills. Wipe down the exterior with soapy water, using a scratch pad if your grill has excessive build up. Use a wire brush to thoroughly clean the grill racks, and run your grilling utensils through the dishwasher.
- Don’t forget the grease trap! If you didn’t clean it the last time you grilled, chances are good that you’ll have a greasy mess to deal with. It’s important to get rid of all that fat because it can ignite and cause a fire. To make it easier on yourself in the future, you might consider lining the grease trap with foil.
- Prevention is the best cure. A good coat of paint can prevent rust and protect your grill from damage. Another good way to prevent wear and tear on you grill is to keep it covered and shielded from the elements, maintaining good grill condition.
- Take it for a test spin before it really counts. Before you cook anything, turn on the grill, light it, and keep it burning for a few minutes, so that you can watch to see that all the burners are firing and nothing is leaking. This is also a good time to make sure and get stocked up on the supplies you may be lacking, whether it’s propane, charcoal, lighter fluid or wood chips.
Does your grill need more maintenance than you’d initially thought? Don’t worry, there’s no need to delay your barbecue consumption! Tony Roma offers pre-cooked barbecued ribs, chicken and pulled pork that are easy to prepare straight from your refrigerator in about twenty minutes. For more information on where to find Tony Roma products, visit the store locator on our website. To connect with other barbecue enthusiasts, join the online community by liking Tony Roma on Facebook, following us on Twitter and checking out recipes and more on Pinterest.