5 Tips to Kick Off BBQ Month with Your Wolf Grill
With May being National BBQ Month, there’s no better way to stay at home than to host a backyard barbecue. Celebrate the transition from spring to summer by getting your Wolf grill ready. Widespread closures and social distancing may be dominating the outside world. But in your backyard, you can cook up delicious meals this BBQ season; here are some tips to enjoy more productive grilling.
Get Your Grill Ready
Whether you have a built-in or freestanding Wolf grill, you’ll want to:
- Clean It Thoroughly: A dirty grill is unsightly and won’t work as effectively. Cleaning it well can be accomplished with a spray degreaser, mild detergent, or stainless-steel cleaner/polish. Scrub it thoroughly with a mild abrasive. After each use, clean the grate with a steel wire brush, making sure to reach between each metal rung.
There are also several DIY cleaning solutions that work for rusty grill grates. One option is to mix two cups of vinegar and one cup of salt and place the grate in a plastic bag with the solution. Let it soak for eight hours. The rust should then wipe off easily with a cloth; then rinse with water and dry the grate.
Or, after you brush off the grill grate, put it back on the grill and sprinkle it with baking soda. Turn on the grill; the baking soda will bubble and remove any rust. Shut off the grille to let it cool and then use a soft brush to wipe things clean.
- Remove Grease and Debris: Use a clean stainless-steel brush to clear the burner tubes of ashes, debris, and oxidation, avoiding a lengthwise motion that can clog up the holes and cause a fire or for burners to malfunction. Scrape away grease from the cookbox and clean up the grease tray. Also, the catch pan should be emptied while its aluminum liner should be replaced.
- Repair Any Leaks: A gas leak can quickly ruin your afternoon. You can check for liquid propane leaks with soapy water. Apply the water and look for bubbles when the tank is on. These bubbles indicate escaping gas, so don’t use the grill unless it is repaired or replaced.
- Prepare Food Properly: Poultry, meat, and seafood should be selected last and separated from all other items in your grocery bags to prevent cross-contamination. Refrigerate them until use. When you handle raw foods, wash your hands with soap and water before and after, as well as all work surfaces, utensils, and the grill. Use a food thermometer to check the temperature of meat, which in the case of hamburgers, should be at least 160°F.
- Only Use Your Grill Outdoors: Whether you use a gas, charcoal, or electric grill or one with wood pellets, place it away from the structure of your home. It should not be near paths where people walk or children play. Placement close to railings, eaves, awnings, or overhanging tree branches or umbrellas creates a fire risk. And be sure to disinfect all surfaces and accessories before use, especially with the threat of coronavirus lurking all the time.
Let Wilshire Refrigeration & Appliance Service Your Grill
When you need grill maintenance or repairs, you can rely on our factory certified service. We are open for business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Be sure to check for gas leaks and other problems when you clean your Wolf grill this season. Call 800-427-3653 or request service online if you suspect there’s a problem with your appliance.