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Is Your Grill Ready ?

 So with Memorial Day approaching we all know that means the opening season of summer grilling is near, and I have to ask.

Is your BBQ Grill, Smokers or Pits ready?
Are your racks clean and free of any left on food particles?
Are your grilling utensils old, rusted and falling apart.

When there is a build up over time of both grease and burnt food particles build on the grill racks, it can change the flavor of what you are barbecuing. Also a dirty grill could be a host for potential carcinogens. However, the most important reason to clean your grill is that all of those food particles sitting on the grill could grow bacteria, especially if they are not burned off completely.

I’ve read many article on how to clean your grill, and most suggest from using WD-40 to placing your racks in a large trash bag and spray with an oven cleaner. Why would anyone want to clean their grill with a product containing many toxins, and then place raw meat to cook? I used to think if I fire up my grill close the lid for about 15-20 minutes, we would be good to go. WRONG!!

Your grill needs to be clean each time, either before or after your done grilling.

So in my quest to find a clean but less toxic solution to cleaning my barbecue I found two very easy methods, and 100% safe.

Keep your barbecue grill in top condition by making a soft paste of 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup water. Apply the paste with a wire brush and let dry for 15 minutes. Then wipe it down with a dry cloth and place the grill over the hot coals for at least 15 minutes to burn off any residue before placing any food on top

Brew a full pot of coffee, pour it into a basin and then soak your grill grates. This will also works for barbecue utensils or oven burners. Let it sit for about an hour, give it a quick scrub and then rinse with warm water. The racks should be good as new.

Any utensils, or wire brushes you’ve used that are now rusted, my suggestion is to toss them out. These items are fairly inexpensive to replace and are not worth the time or risk to re-paint.

TIP..The best time of year to replace any grilling accessories is right around the time when Christmas decorations go on display. I’ve picked up high quality utensils for just a couple of bucks and when its time to grill I’m ready to go.

I added a slide show containing a few temperature charts on getting the perfect rare to well done steak, along with some images of what I love to grill myself, and the unusual, but oh so delicious.

What do you like to grill?




About Dish With Clarissa

Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

11 responses »

  1. Clarissa, There are lots of tips in your post that I’ll keep in mind. I enjoyed reading and I already had in mind to organize a BBQ but after reading and seeing all those tasty pictures, I’m sure I’ll organize on soon. 🙂 Thanks a lot for sharing and have a blessed and wonderful evening.

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  2. Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.


  3. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:


  4. Reblogged this on Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser and commented:
    I can see the smoking coming out of your grills now!!! Be safe, have fun this Memorial Day Holiday!


  5. Now that my head is (supposedly) on straight…I’ll try again. We don’t have a grill now because of the hassle…no safe place to put it…even though, technically, the apartment management company has never said “NO”.



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