Taking proper care of your grill

Winter has officially arrived and below freezing temperatures keeps the least adventurous away from their outdoor kitchens. If you’re ready to store your tongs, follow these steps to take good care of your grill until it’s warm enough for another cookout.

First of all, clean your grill thoroughly by letting it run on high heat until all the food is burned off of the grill. This will take about 20 minutes, then let it cool down. Grab a wire grill brush afterwards and scrape all of the leftover food off of the grill grates. When the grill has cooled, use soapy or oven cleaner to help with the tough spots. After you’re done, make sure to rinse the grates off with water to remove any soap residue.

Now it’s time to clean inside the BBQ grill. Remove the grates and dig in. Replace the lava rocks if needed.

To get rid of dirt on the outside of the grill, take a damp cloth with hot soapy water. For stubborn dirt you can use cleaners, but always be careful of using abrasive chemicals that’ll ruin the paint of your grill. Remember to clean the grill cover as well.

DIY BBQ Grill Cover

BBQ Grill Cover

Now that your BBQ is off duty, take the time to fix handles, temperature gauges, cracked hoses, replace burners or any part that needs to be taken care of.

A good cover is the key to keep your grill safe from the damage caused by rain, snow, dirt, etc. If your current cover has tears, buy a new one; you’d rather spend on a new cover than on a new grill. Before storing or covering your grill, make sure both the grill and cover are completely dry.

Taking proper care of your grill, especially during the winter months, will provide years of extra life to the grill and ensure many seasons of delicious BBQ!

Choosing cabinets, countertops and flooring for your outdoor kitchen

Designing an outdoor kitchen is not only about choosing the perfect grill; cabinets, countertops and flooring are also decisive when building a BBQ island. Finding the style and material that suits your needs is no easy task since there’s a wide range of possibilities. To help you make the right choice, always have in mind the four basic principles: durability, safety, budget, and style.

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When it comes to cabinets, water-resistance is a must. Your best options are stainless steel, polymer, and teak. Stainless steel is durable, weatherproof, and usually will match your grill. Polymer is a good choice, as well. This material is normally easy to hose down and UV-resistant. While teak cabinets will certainly look good, they must be sealed and resealed regularly with a waterproof finish.

When choosing outdoor kitchen countertops your priority should always be durability first. Remember the surface adjacent to the grill and sink must resist both the cooking and the elements. Select a material that will suit the style of your house and your cooking style. Go for natural stone, concrete or tile. If choosing stone, keep in mind porous stones like marble, limestone, bluestone, and soapstone stain easily and darker stones will absorb heat. Granite is your best bet. If you like concrete better, just make sure that it’s installed properly or it’ll be prone to cracking. To prevent cracks, concrete must be sealed on installation and resealed regularly. If you’re on a tight budget, tile is an affordable, easy DIY surfacing material.

Choosing a material for your outdoor kitchen’s floor can be tricky. Since it’ll take a lot of traffic, food, and water and sun it must be both durable and safe. Avoid glazed or porous tiles and stone since they can be slippery when wet. Concrete is the most popular choice; it’s long lasting, slip resistant, and versatile. In terms of style, concrete can be colored and finished for a wide range of looks. This material besides affordable, it is also safe. Tile is cheap and looks good as well. If stone is your thing, your best budget bets are sandstone, limestone, slate and marble. But consider stone can absorb oily stains, and it’s expensive. Affordable and available in many different styles, tile can be an attractive choice for an outdoor kitchen floor.

A dream outdoor kitchen should be stylish, long lasting, and low-maintenance. For all surfaces select materials that suit the style of your house and your cooking style. When you find the right ones, you’ll be halfway of having the perfect BBQ island in your backyard.