4 Basic Steps to Prepare Your Grill for Grilling Season

Hamburgers being flame broiled on the gas grill
Hamburgers being flame broiled on the gas grill

While some die-hard cooks grill straight through the winter, for others grilling season is just around the corner. Whether you’ve had your grill covered for the winter or have used it through snow, sleet, or hail, it’s time to give the grill a spring cleaning. Here’s a quick checklist of things you should run through before you light the first fire of the year.
1. Check the hose: if you have a gas grill, check the hose from your propane to your burners and make sure it’s intact and clean. If there’s any build-up on the hose, be sure to clean it off before starting your grill.
2. Clean it up: take the grates out and give everything a good scrub down. You can use a wire brush and a damp cloth to get the job done.
3. Clean out the grease trap: you remember the grease trap under your grill? Yeah… me neither. For easy clean-up next year, line the grease trap with some sturdy aluminum foil.
4. Test drive: Before you get to cooking, turn on your grill, light it up, and let it burn for a few minutes. Watch it to make sure all the burners are firing and there are no leaks.
That’s the basics – so go ahead and bust out those steaks and enjoy the grilling season! – Christine Smith