Memorial Day Barbecue Tips and Tricks

With Memorial Weekend right around the corner we thought sharing an inspirational story and some tried and true Memorial Day Barbecue Tips and Tricks would be fitting for this weekend. We hope you enjoy the article and welcome your feedback.

Memorial Day

Even if your party is a casual backyard barbecue with friends and family you still want to make sure that you put time and effort into planning it. This will ensure that it goes smoothly for both you and your guests. Allowing everyone to enjoy each others company and the beautiful weather.

 

Your DIY BBQ outdoor kitchen is the best place to start when planning how you will prepare and serve your feast.

~Serve vegetables instead of chips. Grill vegetables on the grill, whip up an easy sauce that looks like you spent hours preparing and serve as appetizers.

~Keep your flame low, plan ahead and you can cook your food at a lower temperature which reduces the likelihood of burning or char marks.

~Serve fruit as a dessert instead of a rich cake or heavy sugar laden dessert. Your guests will have filled up on your grilled vegetables and other sides. Fruit is a perfect light pairing, especially for warm days.

~All food has to be at least 140 degrees, and smoked food should be between 180 and 220. In addition to keeping watch on meat temperatures, keep your work area and tools clean.

Now that you have mastered the art of the perfect backyard barbecue, don’t forget to take some time to honor the brave men and women in uniform, past and present. Memorial Day parades and ceremonies are held in most towns and cities. Look for your local one and support the men and women who have served our country.

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“Freedom lies in being bold.” -Robert Frost

“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” -George Washington

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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!