Every year when summer rolls around, people across our great nation stand in their backyard and wonder aloud, is it time yet to take out the barbeque grill and get this summer rolling? Of course, those are the ones that have not stood in thigh high snow flipping burgers on the grill on their back deck. The die-hards have been inviting their friends over for a bit of barbeque for months by now.
But if you are like many of us who may love our barbeque all summer long but draw the line at grilling in snow boots, now might be a good time to review everything you need to do to prepare for a great grilling season ahead. Before you send out those invites to the neighbors and stock up on hot dogs and burgers, it might not be a bad time to ask yourself, how much propane do I need for the first big blowout and if the beer fridge is fully stocked yet. With those two important items taken care of, here are a few tips to ensure that the weekend spent grilling and socializing is a successful one.
If you are one of those organized folks who actually remembers to thoroughly clean your grill before you put it away for the season, congratulations. You have just earned a big gold star and even more importantly are ready to get grilling faster than the rest of us. For those of us who tend to put that old thing away messy and hope someone else will offer to clean it up later, now is the time to pay for your crime.
So, take out the old brushes and thoroughly clean that grill before you use it again. Old grease can carry some nasty surprises for you if you don’t get it cleaned completely before using it again. Don’t cut any corners when you do this, as the last thing you want is to have all your guests come down with food poisoning after your very first grill of the season.
Pre-Heat That Grill
Now that you have a nice clean grill to work with, be sure it is completely fired up and hot before putting anything on it. While we may all understand the desire to get this show on the road with your very first grill of the season, wait. You want that meat to sizzle when you put it on the grill, so be sure that you get your grill up to the right temperature before slapping down those steaks.
Marinade for Extra Flavor
It is true that for some of us the taste of a burger or hot dog is fine for the grill. But for many, you just can’t beat a steak when it comes to grilling and the tastier the better. So, to add to the wonder, why not let that juicy steak marinade in a bit of flavor-adding extra first? A mixture of oil and fruit is always a good start. A good marinade will add to the flavor without overpowering the steak, and bring the juices to the forefront to keep the steak from drying out on the grill. Add all of these tips together and you are ready to grill!