Get Your Grill Ready for Summer

May 14, 2013 | By | Comments (4)

dailysouthsummer11 Get Your Grill Ready for Summer

Nothing says summer like firing up the grill. But a backyard shindig can go bad if your grill is out of shape. Check out these tips to ensure your grates are ready-to-go for Memorial Day:

  • Grill covers are the best way to protect your grill all year long. The cover should have a cloth lining to draw moisture away from the metal and prevent rusting. If your cover took a beating over the winter months and has holes or tears, now is the perfect time to replace it.
  • Bugs and spiders often set-up house in a grill’s tiny nooks and crannies. Pull out the hose and give the entire grill a quick rinse to remove unwanted squatters.
  • Scrub charred build-up on grates, burners and other interior surfaces with a nonscratch sponge or brush. Then, wipe down the surfaces with soapy water, rinse, and dry thoroughly.
  • To soften heavy build-up, squirt surfaces with a spray bottle filled with equal parts of vinegar and water, and let the solution sit for an hour.
  • Check for a leaky propane tank by wiping sudsy water around the connections and turning on the gas. If bubbles appear, you’ve got a leak and the connection needs to be tightened or replaced.
  • Drain and clean the grease traps, the trays under the firebox that collect fat drippings. Large amounts of grease may ignite.
  • After you cook, maintain a clean grill by running the burners for a few minutes with the lid off. Then, scrub the grates with a brush or a ball of foil.

So you’re ready to grill, but what to cook? We suggest this duo from Test Kitchen: Grilled Lemonade and Greek Turkey Burgers.

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford


  1. Inspired Cleaner

    I was planning to buy a grill, but had assumptions. I was wondering how I will clean it, but after reading your article, I understand that it won’t be as hard as I thought. Thanks for the great tips

    July 10, 2015 at 8:21 am
  2. Holly Cox

    I really like the simple patio. I think it was #7. The chandelier would look great in my diningroom.

    May 28, 2013 at 7:47 am
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    […] the barbecue grills out and cleaned up and ready to go! ┬áSouthern Living has some handy tips for getting your grill ready for summer, including how to check the propane […]

    May 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm
  4. Arthur in the Garden!

    Great Tips!!

    May 14, 2013 at 11:27 am

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